Landmarks make Newcastle Borough Council's protected list
A TELEPHONE box, a bus shelter and an old-fashioned finger post have been singled out for protection from developers.
They are among 12 'windows to the past' being added to Newcastle Borough Council's Register of Locally Important Buildings and Structures.
Other landmarks making it on to the register include a field, several chapels and a pub.
Officials ran the rule over 46 nominations before whittling them down to 12 for councillors to add to the register, first drawn up in 2010.
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It already includes structures such as the post box at the junction of Chapel Street and Albert Street, in Bignall End, two war shelters at Keele University and the public toilets in Merrial Street, Newcastle.
And from next week, landmarks including the telephone box and post box in Alsagers Bank, the Nook and View Fields in Madeley, Shraley Brook Chapel in Halmerend and an old-fashioned bus shelter and finger post – a pole with arms or 'fingers' pointing to the direction of place names – in Bignall End, will join them on the protected list.
Protection means that any developers seeking to bulldoze them for building projects would need to seek special permission from the authority before the work could go ahead.
Carl Smith, aged 45, landlord of the Gresley Arms pub, in Alsagers Bank, below, which is next to the telephone box and post box, said: "I'm quite surprised about the telephone box.
"It isn't one of the old fashioned ones, it is a modern stainless steel one.
"But there's not much in the village, no shops left and there's a lot of old people who maybe don't use mobile phones. Perhaps that is why it is protected.
"The post box is one of the old red ones."
Kelvin Chell, aged 55, of Bignall End, said: "The brick bus shelter at the bottom of the road on Wood Lane must have been there for donkey's years.
"I don't even think a bus stops there anymore.
"But these sort of things are a window to the past."
In Madeley, as well as the Nook and View Fields, the Old Vicarage in Vicarage Lane, number 1 and 2 Castle Lane, and the School House in Newcastle Road are all being added to the protected register.
Joan Hedley, aged 64, of Cherry Hill, Madeley, said: "There's a path through the fields and people walk their dogs there and children play.
"The Vicarage was made into flats, but it is a nice building."
Newcastle Mayor, Councillor David Becket, who represents Halmerend on the borough council, said: "This is not the first time a telephone box has been protected. There's a telephone box in Betley which is protected, while another in Scot Hay has been taken over by the parish council.
"Having seen the support to retain the ones in Betley and Scot Hay, I'm not surprised the telephone box in Alsagers Bank has been nominated.
"What the council is trying to do is preserve part of the village environment. These type of structures mark living symbols of the past.
"Shraley Brook Chapel is now a private house, but it has been tastefully done.
"Scot Hay Chapel, which is also nominated for inclusion on the register, has been converted to a private house.
"I think these sort of buildings do need protection.
"The register is not in the same class as a listed building, but it does provide some protection."