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Friday, 24 October 2014

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No decision yet on Workington taxi rank move

A decision on the location of a new night time taxi rank in Workington has been deferred for a site visit.

A rank in the new Washington Square development has been taken off the table.

Allerdale council’s licensing panel met on Wednesday to discuss the outcome of a public consultation about the relocation of the existing rank on Washington Street.

Gillian Collinson, senior licensing officer, said that no taxi drivers had responded to the consultation, which was launched after cabbies approached Allerdale council and Cumbria police about alternative sites.

There had been problems with the Washington Street rank. These included drivers doing U-turns and parking through the traffic lights and up Ramsay Brow.

The options for consultation were the town’s pedestrianised area of Washington Square, Murray Road, the Jane Street lay-by filtering from Central Square car park and the Marks & Spencer car park on Udale Street.

Councillor Tony North said: “It seems very strange that when you try to do something for the taxi trade they don’t bother to reply.”

Inspector Craig Lory said that the rank needed to be moved from Washington Street as it was an accident waiting to happen.

He added: “Our preferred option would be Murray Road. It disperses people out of the town centre and only people who want a taxi will go there and I can dedicate a patrol to it.”

The county council’s highways department said its preferred option was Udale Street, and Murray Road as a second option.

Allerdale’s town centre manager Toni Meagan agreed with these preferences.

David Bell, of Cumbria Highways, said that the council could look into legislation to remove taxi rank status from Washington Street but that it would have to be paid for by Allerdale council, and Hackney Carriages would still be able to stop if hailed by a customer.

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Well, it's taken "the committee" three months to decide NOT to put the taxi rank through a pedestrianised shopping precinct. Jolly good show, chaps! You're doing a grand job there.

(Whoever had that idea in the first place needs their P45 written out)

Now they are going to take another 3 months looking into using Murray Road, which apparently the Police (Inspector Craig Lory) appear to think is "out of town". What???? Funny, but I have always regarded Murray Road as "the" town centre.

So, the fact that Murray Road is one-way and would necessitate a half mile trip around the streets to get back to the Oxford Street / Vulcans Lane traffic lights hasn't rung any alarm bells yet?

The fact that everybody in town at the 3am chucking out time is up on Washington Street hasn't rung any alarm bells yet?

The fact that everybody wanting a taxi at the busy time would have to walk through Washington Square shopping development has obviously rung Mr Fletchers alarm bells!!

Let's hope there is some common sense applied to this problem. Taxis have always proved a problem for ABC to deal with - it just appears that there is nobody on the committee with any road or traffic sense.

Posted by Derek on 14 November 2012 at 13:38

It's quite obvious our licencing panel are not from this area if ir "has been deferred for a site visit" - don't they know the town?

Again, Craig Lory quote: “Our preferred option would be Murray Road. It disperses people out of the town centre and only people who want a taxi will go there and I can dedicate a patrol to it.”

WHAAATTTTT?

So Murray Road is out of the Town Centre is it? Well I never. (Shakes head in disbelief).

Posted by Derek on 29 October 2012 at 05:23

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