'Tardis-like' cash point on Cleethorpes seafront is just what resort needs, say traders
SUPPORTERS of the "Tardis-like" cash point and payphone that appeared on Cleethorpes seafront say it is just what the resort needs.
Owner of USA Take-away burger bar and the pirate ship ride, Michael Miller, is pleased Cashzone and BT Payphones have installed the machine on the North Promenade.
It has been erected outside his businesses and hopes it will mean more people will stay down that end of the resort.
Mr Miller said: "In the summer we have so many people coming to buy a burger or have a go on the ride but when they ask for a cash point we have to send them to the high street and we never see them again.
"The machine is no different to a phone box, it is the same size, same shape and same height.
"We need things like this down here."
The 8ft by 4ft machine arrived on the seafront overnight last week, and outraged locals who compared it to Doctor Who's Tardis.
It sparked debate over planning laws, prompting people to ask how it can be allowed.
Despite not needing planning permission, BT Payphones apologised and said while normally they would apply for permission from North East Lincolnshire Council out of courtesy, their contractors had "jumped the gun" and installed without consent.
A photograph was put on Facebook which attracted scores of comments criticising the look of it and expressing concerns it would become a magnet for vandalism.
But Mr Miller disagrees.
He added: "The phonebox attracted the kids who would pile in there all at once. It was constantly out of order because of vandalism.
"But no-one can get inside this payphone so it won't be vandalised."
Users of www.thisis grimsby.co.uk also shared their views, here is a selection.
JohnPatrick wrote: "Looks no worse than the old red phone boxes that used to be dotted around our towns. Indeed the colour blends in far better than the red of old phone boxes ever did. I wouldn't call it an eyesore, certainly compared to some of the dilapidated stuff on the opposite side of the road, it looks positively delightful and smart."
s_pike posted: "What a great idea, it's a long way for holidaymakers to walk from the amusements on the front to replenish cash in their pockets for the machines or to buy that must-have holiday souvenir."
andy119 commented: "It won't last five minutes. Someone with a JCB will borrow it and forget to return it. In the meantime dogs and drunken yobs will use it as a toilet."
McLuvin said: "A cloner and a thief's dream come true. Why would you position it on the most redundant part of the seafront?
"Very scary for anyone using this at night time. Easy for the cloners or attackers to do their deed, no passing witnesses and a quick getaway where this is positioned."