Strong refusal for Helston taxi rank plan

A suggestion that would see Helston’s taxi rank extended has been rejected strongly by the town’s councillors.

Town clerk Chris Dawson told members that there was no firm proposal at this stage, but Cornwall Council’s licensing officer wanted the opinion of the town council.

Extending the rank in Coinagehall Street to the corner with Monument Road would result in at least three on-street parking spaces being lost.

Mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby said: “For 95 per cent of the time that taxi rank is underused. The only time taxi spaces are required is later on Friday night and late on Saturday night, in the main.”

He did not believe that the permanent loss of three spaces, which the town “desperately needed”, was “remotely” worth it.

Deputy mayor Mike Thomas believed it would actually be four spaces lost and agreed: “I think it would be foolhardy for us to support having four of these car parking spaces taken when we so desperately need to have a place for people to shop in our town.”

Councillor Niall Devenish believed that taxis actually need to “behave in a little more responsible manner” and stop double parking.

Councillor Ronnie Williams suggested the entire rank be moved further down the road and four spaces created in its place higher up Coinagehall Street.

However, this was not supported and members then unanimously agreed to not support an extension of the rank.

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11:16am Fri 5 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Another case of common sense, and it not being applied in this case.

It is so obvious that extra capacity is needed on some Friday nights,and most Saturday nights.

The discussion isn't about permanent loss of spaces, but how to work out how to deal with 15 taxis all plying for trade on one busy night a week, when the rank holds 4 vehicles

I would like to ask Devenish if he has anything constructive to say on this,apart from his comment on 'responsibility on double parking'

The main issue as I see it is that some Taxis should be sitting on the Rank provided,not touting for business outside Kebab shops and Public Houses
Another case of common sense, and it not being applied in this case. It is so obvious that extra capacity is needed on some Friday nights,and most Saturday nights. The discussion isn't about permanent loss of spaces, but how to work out how to deal with 15 taxis all plying for trade on one busy night a week, when the rank holds 4 vehicles I would like to ask Devenish if he has anything constructive to say on this,apart from his comment on 'responsibility on double parking' The main issue as I see it is that some Taxis should be sitting on the Rank provided,not touting for business outside Kebab shops and Public Houses telstar1962
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1:07pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Why don't they make some spaces available to shoppers during the day and allocate x amount of spaces in addition to the existing taxi spaces for taxis only, after a certain time in the evening on a Fri and Sat night only.
Why don't they make some spaces available to shoppers during the day and allocate x amount of spaces in addition to the existing taxi spaces for taxis only, after a certain time in the evening on a Fri and Sat night only. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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2:52pm Fri 5 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

The licensing of hackney carriages dates back to about 1850,and it's about time that the law,the Council and some attitudes concerning these issues were brought up to date.

95% of the time there is adequate provision year round in the day-time,apart from busier spells in the Summer,and other holiday times.

The main problem in Helston only applies for a few hours a week on some Fridays,and most Saturdays. The rank works well as it is,in the day time hours

It really needs someone positive with the necessary intellect to come up with a flexible plan for the busier times.It certainly doesn't need the sarcasm of one Councillor about double-parking.

I'm sorry I am not that person,and neither does it seem are Town Council members or the relevant members of the Licensing Department (allegedly)
The licensing of hackney carriages dates back to about 1850,and it's about time that the law,the Council and some attitudes concerning these issues were brought up to date. 95% of the time there is adequate provision year round in the day-time,apart from busier spells in the Summer,and other holiday times. The main problem in Helston only applies for a few hours a week on some Fridays,and most Saturdays. The rank works well as it is,in the day time hours It really needs someone positive with the necessary intellect to come up with a flexible plan for the busier times.It certainly doesn't need the sarcasm of one Councillor about double-parking. I'm sorry I am not that person,and neither does it seem are Town Council members or the relevant members of the Licensing Department (allegedly) telstar1962
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