EDDC told to go back to the drawing board over new taxi rank

PUBLISHED: 13:11 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

PLANS to move Honiton s High Street taxi rank to an inappropriate place are a bit previous , town councillors agreed last week.

PLANS to move Honiton's High Street taxi rank to an "inappropriate" place are a bit "previous", town councillors agreed last week.

They deemed the suggested location "inappropriate" and said East Devon District Council should go back to the drawing board.

The district authority wants to create a total of three spaces at two locations above the post office.

Councillor Vernon Whitlock said he had been approached by traders, who were concerned about the plan.

"There was no formal discussion or consultation about this," he told Honiton Town Council's January meeting.

"It is a most inappropriate place to put a taxi rank. It is where the road is narrowest, near a pedestrian crossing and a junction. It will be a hazard."

Councillor Roy Coombs said the district council's claims that the rank could not be any more central because of proposed improvements to the junction of High Street and New Street were "a bit previous" - as nothing about the scheme has gone out to consultation yet.

"It needs to go back to the drawing board," he said.

Councillor Alf Boom said Honiton needs a rank capable of offering "many more spaces" than the three proposed.

Acting chairman of the council and deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash said the proposed location offers "very limited space".

"It is something we have been debating for years," she said. "I haven't had any dialogue with the district council over this and I don't think the taxi firms will find it acceptable.

"I do not support this at all."

The council has told the district council in a letter that its proposal is "unacceptable".

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