September 26th, 2016

Plea to act on Bromsgrove taxi rank

Updated: 10:58 am, May 07, 2015

A BROMSGROVE District councillor is urging the authority to do more to enforce the parking regulations surrounding the town’s new taxi rank on Worcester Road.

Rory Shannon’s calls come after he was contacted by a resident on Station Road who said he had been kept awake all night on Saturday.

“He confronted the taxi drivers to ask why they were not using the new rank and he was told they were able to use it due to car being parked.

“I want to know what is being done to stop drivers using it for parking after 11pm.

“Since the new scheme have we had officers working after 11pm?

“Also, has any enforcement action been taken since the new rank was built?”

And, he added, the resident said he also approached the police but was told by officers they were unable to do anything.

Coun Shannon has now asked for the issue to be discussed in the ‘any other business’ section of the Licensing Committee meeting due to be held on Monday (March 23).

We first revealed in February 2013 that residents living near Station Street had complained to Bromsgrove District Council about being kept awake by waiting taxis in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning and had submitted a 15-name petition to the authority on the issue.

Following that, proposals for a new bigger rank on Worcester Road were put forward in May 2013 in an bid to find a more appropriate place for taxis to wait away from those homes.

The new rank – opposite the BrewBadger shop – was finally completed last month and parking restrictions for non-taxi drivers are in force between 11pm and 5am everyday.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint and officers will conduct an investigation.”