Extra city taxi rank gets green light

Published date: 07 September 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A ne w stand for drivers of Hackney cabs is to be created in the city centre 

A NEW stand for drivers of Hackney cabs is to be created in the city centre.

Chester Licensed Hackney Association had asked Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) for extra evening and night time stands in Bridge Street, Hunter Street and Northgate Street.

Executive councillors considered the request when they met on Wednesday and gave the new Northgate Street rank the thumbs-up.

But they refused a request for an extra stand opposite the former Odeon cinema in Hunter Street and delayed the decision on the new Bridge Street stand until October.

King Street Area Residents’ Association and the Chester and Cheshire West Private Hire Drivers’ Association had raised objections to the additional stands.

In his written report to the executive Steve Kent, the council’s director of community and environment, said the proposed stands are in locations where late night visitors to the city congregate hoping to find transport home.

He recommended approving the Northgate Street stand as an existing rank on the opposite side of the road was often full.

Mr Kent proposed developments close to Hunter Street meant an extra stand in the area could not be justified and said Bridge Street was already “well provided” for.

Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, endorsed his recommendations and said the council had robust rules on creating more taxi ranks.

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