'Tardis-like' cash machine vanishes from Cleethorpes seafront
The "Tardis-like" cash machine and payphone which appeared out of the blue on Cleethorpes promenade was carted off on the back of a truck yesterday ... and replaced by a telephone box.
The 8ft by 4ft box caused concern among residents after springing up overnight last week, but has now been taken away with BT Payphones withdrawing its retrospective planning application.
The firm applied "out of courtesy" as it didn't need permission, but has now concluded that the location was "unsuitable".
Instead it and North East Lincolnshire Council are working together to find a more suitable location in the area.
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Andrew Munro, business manager for BT, said: "We have made a decision to remove the payphone and combined ATM from the promenade.
"There are no fixed plans for alternative locations at this stage, but we are likely to discuss it with the council as the area is shown to be lacking in ATMs.
"It is evident that the facility is something that would be welcomed by many businesses in the vicinity, as the availability of cash has been shown to increase spend."
Despite not needing permission to site the "Tardis" where it had been, BT Payphones said its contractors had "jumped the gun".
Cleethorpes resident Carl Leslie spotted it disappearing after coming out of Brown's Cafe on the promenade yesterday morning.
"I noticed that contractors were digging it up and putting it on the back of a lorry," he said.
"They had barriers around it. It's strange that it has only been there for a week or so.
"I wonder if it will be back?"
Melvyn Randall, 68, from Grimsby Road, was passing by at the time.
"I saw them take it away when I went to do my shopping on my bike," he said.
"The cash box might have proved useful to some people but it did look different and out of place."
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