Taxi rank revamp moves step closer

Directors of Poulton Cabs, Mike Jackson (left) and Ian Hudson who are angry about the ranks in Poulton
Directors of Poulton Cabs, Mike Jackson (left) and Ian Hudson who are angry about the ranks in Poulton
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A FYLDE coast town could be a step closer to new taxi ranks after a review of facilities was approved.

Last year, disgruntled taxi drivers in Poulton said a lack of adequate ranks was killing the trade.

At the moment there are six available lay-bys during the day with nearly 40 licensed vehicles in the town.

Drivers were promised improvements after a review last year but nothing has materialised.

But on Thursday amendments to the original review were accepted by Wyre Council’s licensing committee and will now go to public consultation.

The changes include two 24-hour ranks instead of three on Ball Street and six ranks available from 6am-6pm at the end of Ball Street, near Vicarage Road.

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In a report, licensing officer Christa Ferguson said: “In 2010 a report identifying the proposed changes to ranks was brought before the committee and a taxi stand schedule advertised.

“The final schedule was sent to the Highways Department at Lancashire County Council to enable work to be carried out – some of which has been done, mainly in Cleveleys.

“However there have been some inaccuracies in the schedule which are required to be agreed by the committee and re-advertised and consulted upon.”

Amendments have also been made to proposals for ranks on Pharos Street. The Esplanade and Mount Road in Fleetwood.

Ian Hudson, director of Poulton Cabs, said he was pleased the issue was back before licensing but would like to see changes implemented in the town as soon as possible.

Coun Ramesh Gandhi, who sits on the licensing committee, said: “For a long time we have been in negotiations with the county council regarding taxi ranks.

“We understand there is an issue in Wyre with taxi drivers not knowing where to park and motorists parking in ranks blocking the way, so we are pushing again for change.

“There have been issues with funding but we hope following a consultation period the work will be carried out.”

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