Local taxi drivers furious at the County Council’s refusal to listen to their views have received the support of MP Nia Griffith . In spite of taxi drivers’ pleas for a town centre location, they have discovered that a temporary taxi rank is being marked up by the former Mallard building, leaving shoppers a long walk across what will be a building site during the redevelopment phase.
Speaking up in support of the taxi drivers, Nia Griffith said,
“I’m supporting the taxi drivers both to help taxi users and to bring custom into the town centre. Many people who use taxis do so precisely because they cannot walk far, whether this is because they have mobility difficulties, are partially sighted or simply have a heavy load of shopping, so they need the taxis to come in as close as possible to the town centre. Even though taxi drivers have had a meeting and pointed this out to the Council, the proposed temporary taxi rank is being put up by the Mallard building, meaning shoppers will have to traipse right across the development area to get there, whereas the taxi drivers have pointed out that they could come right into the centre by the Bingo Hall. This will put people off coming into town and shops will lose trade”