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Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Taxi relocation has positive effect

Tuesday 7th February 2012

“Constituents may be aware that following extensive consultation with all stakeholders the taxi rank in Bangor town centre for Friday and Saturday night has moved. Previously, the rank snaked around from the lights at the bottom of High Street along Quay street past the Marine Court Hotel.

“Constituents may be aware that following extensive consultation with all stakeholders the taxi rank in Bangor town centre for Friday and Saturday night has moved. Previously, the rank snaked around from the lights at the bottom of High Street along Quay street past the Marine Court Hotel. It now starts from a position opposite the McKee clock. Although it is still early days, in general the feedback to the PSNI and other involved agencies has been extremely positive. 

The initial concept was floated a few years ago by my colleague Alex Easton MLA with the aim of reducing assaults which can be in part due to the crowding effect at the bottom of High Street after closing time on Friday and Saturday nights. I have witnessed this myself in my capacity as a Safezone volunteer for 14 years and have had to intervene in many assaults around the area where the old taxi rank was. 

Taxi wardens are currently in place to ensure the smooth embedding of the new taxi rank procedures. The dangerous practice of hailing taxis from the middle of the road, in an attempt to avoid the queue, should hopefully become a thing of the past. 

Some feedback from stakeholders also suggests that the new position clears the town centre more quickly of patrons and this in itself reduces the likelihood of assaults taking place. In fact last Saturday the bottom of High Street was cleared by 0220 – perhaps a new record for Bangor. The Council, TCM, the PSNI and other voluntary agencies are committed to making Bangor as safe a place as it can be at the weekend – I believe that this new initiative will encourage these efforts

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