PHONE boxes in Keighley and Haworth are being offered for 'adoption' as BT rings in the changes.

The company is seeking community groups and charities interested in taking on its traditional red boxes, which now have little or no usage.

Organisations can adopt one for just £1.

Two boxes in Keighley and three in Haworth are among 15 across the Bradford district – and more than 400 in Yorkshire and Humberside – up for grabs.

BT says over 360 payphones in the region have already been adopted since 2008 and put to a variety of uses, from mini libraries to information centres.

Any recognised public body – such as a parish, town or community council – registered charity or an individual with a payphone on their own land, is eligible to adopt.

BT will continue to provide electricity – where it is already in place – to power the light in the kiosk, free of charge.

The firm says that where electricity is available, adopted boxes can be converted to house defibrillators – an increasingly common usage for the redundant kiosks.

With many people now having mobile phones, the number of calls made from public payphones in the past decade has slumped by about 90 per cent.

Katherine Bradley, BT's senior payphones commercial and operations manager, said: "We're pleased to be giving even more local communities the chance to adopt a phone box.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for communities to own a piece of history.

"The opportunities are endless and we've already seen some amazing transformations.

"Applying is easy and quick and we're always happy to speak to communities about adopting our traditional BT red payphone boxes."

BT is also replacing more than 1,000 payphones in cities across the UK with new 'digital hubs', as part of a joint venture with InLinkUK.

Each InLink provides free, ultra-fast public Wi-fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions.

For further information about adopting a phone box and to apply, visit