Group meeting to end 24 hour taxi rank saga

A SHARED taxi rank which has been embroiled in bitter debate regarding its use could finally be back on the agenda if officials agree to a meeting.

Chairman of the Skegness and District Taxi Owners’ Association Darrell Blackburn addressed Skegness Town Council at last Wednesday’s full meeting regarding the rank opposite the Tower Cinema.

Mr Blackburn claimed ‘the buses never use’ the shared rank and despite the association ‘keep asking’ for the area to be made 24 hours rather than 7pm-7am nothing had been done and it needed Skegness Town Council’s support.

As reported, the drivers’ feel the shared section could be better used and say changing it would make the most of passing trade.

If extended, it could mean extra cars on top of the five that can park in the permanent rank, next to the shared area but Mr Blackburn says the bus companies have said they need it.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach, said they would be ‘happy to attend a meeting to tidy up this arrangement’.

Mayor Coun Mark Anderson, said he agreed with Mr Blackburn regarding the bus stop and the problem had been going on for five or six years.

He suggested a meeting be held to discuss the issue with the taxi drivers, Skegness Town Council, Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council to sort out the problem.