Falmouth town centre taxi office wins support
10:30am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
A Falmouth taxi firm’s plans to open an in-town office next to the Tesco supermarket in Killigrew Street have won the support of councillors, but only after it was guaranteed that cars would not clog the street by queuing for customers.
Tom Arrington, managing director of Abacus Taxis, has applied for a change of use of For Eyes to enable him to run a taxi office from the premises. He put his case to Falmouth’s planning committee this week and attempted to allay concerns.
“One of the main issues people are worried about is us causing an obstruction outside Tesco,” he said. “There is a loading bay outside we do use and we do about 30 to 40 jobs a day there anyway.
“Obviously, if we have cars waiting there, it is going to cause an obstruction, but cars should only be sent down for customers waiting there.
“Other feedback is competition for the taxi rank, but that is not an argument to not give planning. Fortunately, we live in a free market economy and competition is actively encouraged.”
Mr Arrington is chairman of the Falmouth Taxi Association and said other firms had raised no real objection to his application.
He said of the proposed office: “I think it would work well and would benefit Falmouth and my business as well. Most towns have an in-town taxi office that works well. Drivers can help the elderly with their shopping rather than them having to walk up to the rank. People still have a choice, though, and can go to the rank.”
Councillors have recommended approval of the application subject to conditions which should include that security door staff are employed, particularly at night; that CCTV is installed and there is no queuing of cars outside.