Concerns over taxi-office bid

A Falsgrave Beauty Salon owner is fighting plans for a taxi point on Falsgrave Road. Darbara Devine, centre, is pictured with clients Vivienne Weir left, and Jo Wilson. who are also opposed to the plan. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112743b'07/07/11
A Falsgrave Beauty Salon owner is fighting plans for a taxi point on Falsgrave Road. Darbara Devine, centre, is pictured with clients Vivienne Weir left, and Jo Wilson. who are also opposed to the plan. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112743b'07/07/11

PLANS have been submitted for a new taxi booking office in Falsgrave Road.

The application is from Radio Cars, which already operates in from premises in Filey.

The business is now hoping offer taxi services, airport transfers and chauffeur services from the additional office in Falsgrave Road.

However, concerns have been raised by neighbouring businesses and tenants that a taxi office - which could possibly be open 24 hours a day - could cause a nuisance.

Barbara Devine, of Inches salon, said: “A lot of people get dropped of at the lay-by to use the salon and some have disabilities.

“Deliveries also pull in here for all the shops on this side, sometimes articulated lorries.

“Falsgrave is bumper to bumper a lot of the time and I think having taxis along here will cause traffic chaos.”

Mrs Devine also questioned the need for a taxi office on Falsgrave, saying: “People who go to the pubs are mainly local and the elderly people who frequent the area during the day tend to use buses.

“The last thing we need is another reason for people to be loitering around the area at night.”

Objections have also be raised by John Squire, of Squire’s Chemist, whose main concerns were the increased use of an already parking bay, blocking parked cars to collect clients waiting in the office, increased congestion and issues with safety for other road users.

He said: “I believe this proposal will harm our business and cause an increase in the number of vacant shop premises on Falsgrave.”

However, applicant Kevin Hutchinson, of Radio Taxis, says the most important thing to him is to be respectful and understanding towards his neighbours.

He said: “This is not going to be a base as such, just a booking office. There will be no vehicles parking in the area and no radios, as we use a computer dispatch system.

“I understand the need to be a good neighbour to the people who live and work in the area. The impact on the area will be no more than people booking a taxi from the takeaways.”

Mr Hutchinson added that he wants his business to have a visible point of contact as they also deal with airport bookings and wedding cars.

He also explained that although there may be a member of staff in the office 24-7, it may not be open around the clock.

Mr Hutchinson said: “I can completely understand people’s concerns, but I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to be considerate towards our neighbours.”

The application has a target decision date of August 12.