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Newquay taxi rank to be extended to help reduce violent incidents

Newquay taxi rank to be extended to help reduce violent incidents

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:40am 27th July 2020. (Updated at 6:41am 27th July 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A taxi rank in the centre of Newquay is set to be extended in the hope that it will reduce the number of violent incidents at night.

Cornwall Council’s miscellaneous licensing committee unanimously approved the changes to the taxi rank in Fore Street when it met this morning.

The application to extend the night-time rank from 10 spaces to 14 spaces was made at the request of police and public health officials.

The changes have also been supported by taxi driver associations in Newquay and will apply from 9.30pm to 6am.

A report to the committee stated:

"This proposal is at the request of the Police and Public Health as a priority to reduce violent incidents in the area. The expectation is that taxis will queue from the front of the extended taxi rank, so that customers will have a short walk from premises to vehicles, which it is hoped will serve as a crowd dispersal mechanism, reducing the flashpoint.”

In addition the night-time rank at Gover Lane is set to be reduced from six spaces to four.

This change is being made so that the top end of the rank can instead be used as a disabled parking bay. The alteration was put forward after blue badge holders responded to a consultation about taxi ranks.

Committee member John Thomas said: “They have done their research and there is a lot of support for this move.”

Cllr Jesse Foot added: “As Newquay taxi drivers, the main user of this, have supported this we should approve it as set out.”

Councillors heard that a formal notice will have to be made detailing the changes and if there are any objections as a result then the matter will be referred back to the committee to make a final decision.

The committee gave unanimous approval for the change.

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