Welcome for council U-turn on Darwen taxi bays

The taxi bays in Market Street which are set to be moved in favour of a return to diagonal parking opposite

The taxi bays in Market Street which are set to be moved in favour of a return to diagonal parking opposite

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COUNCIL bosses have U-turned on a decision to change to kerbside parking in Darwen town centre.

Local business bosses in Market Street were fuming when the diagonal parking bays were replaced in June.

They said the decision, which was taken to accommodate new taxi parking bays across the road, had lost them business.

But after reviewing the situation, Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses have decided to move the taxi bays and reinstate the old parking bays.

Blackburn with Darwen Council executive member for regeneration Coun Mau- reen Bateson said: “I made a commitment that if the taxi rank was not being used, I would remove it. I was always looking to try to satisfy everyone who had raised the issue.

“We have now found a new site for the taxi rank.

“The reason the parking bays were changed initially was to make space for the taxi bays, and as it is moved, we can now reinstate the echelon bays.”

The taxi bays will be moved to outside the Natwest Bank, further up Market Street.

Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “It is a welcome U-turn by Blackburn with Darwen Council and it is time they stopped imposing these badly thought out plans on Darwen. I am pleased shoppers will now be able to enjoy the busy Market Street and find decent parking spaces at the same time.”

Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield, who is also a borough councillor, said: “This is a welcome move by the council. We have listened to the concerns of residents and traders and thankfully a better solution has been found.”

Prospective Labour candidate for Darwen in next year’s General Election Will Straw said: “I am delighted the council has listened to the concerns of local businesses and is taking this action to restore the old parking and move the taxi rank.”

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5:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

A Darener says...

Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield, who is also a borough councillor, said: “This is a welcome move by the council. We have listened to the concerns of residents and traders and thankfully a better solution has been found.”
Wouldn't it have been better to ask for opinions before spending thousands of pounds of tax payers hard earned money? I think the bill should be sent to the committee members and council officials who originally agreed to this ridiculous scheme. Anybody with any sense would have known it was going to cause a mass of complaints.
Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield, who is also a borough councillor, said: “This is a welcome move by the council. We have listened to the concerns of residents and traders and thankfully a better solution has been found.” Wouldn't it have been better to ask for opinions before spending thousands of pounds of tax payers hard earned money? I think the bill should be sent to the committee members and council officials who originally agreed to this ridiculous scheme. Anybody with any sense would have known it was going to cause a mass of complaints. A Darener
  • Score: 28

7:57pm Thu 4 Sep 14

sean_brfc says...

Thank goodness for that!
Thank goodness for that! sean_brfc
  • Score: 12

8:01pm Thu 4 Sep 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Probably had something to do with their sleeping partner - Capita...
Can we get rid of many of the (empty) disabled bays - someone explain why a disabled bay is needed? i.e 4 outside DLC when double yellows are at side. I always thought blue badge can just park on double yellows.
Probably had something to do with their sleeping partner - Capita... Can we get rid of many of the (empty) disabled bays - someone explain why a disabled bay is needed? i.e 4 outside DLC when double yellows are at side. I always thought blue badge can just park on double yellows. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 13

8:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

A Darener says...

Empty disabled bays? I wish! Sometimes hard to find when I need one. Parking on double yellow lines is a last resort. They are usually there for a reason. Even with the right to park on them it is not a good idea to park on them. Ordinary motorists have a choice, they can walk to their destination, they can cycle, they can catch a bus. The majority of disabled don't have that choice. They need to park as close to their destination as possible. Don't forget the disabled are shoppers too. They spend money in shops and in the markets. They need to be able to get to them.
Empty disabled bays? I wish! Sometimes hard to find when I need one. Parking on double yellow lines is a last resort. They are usually there for a reason. Even with the right to park on them it is not a good idea to park on them. Ordinary motorists have a choice, they can walk to their destination, they can cycle, they can catch a bus. The majority of disabled don't have that choice. They need to park as close to their destination as possible. Don't forget the disabled are shoppers too. They spend money in shops and in the markets. They need to be able to get to them. A Darener
  • Score: 9

9:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

CapitaBackHander says...

A Darener wrote:
Empty disabled bays? I wish! Sometimes hard to find when I need one. Parking on double yellow lines is a last resort. They are usually there for a reason. Even with the right to park on them it is not a good idea to park on them. Ordinary motorists have a choice, they can walk to their destination, they can cycle, they can catch a bus. The majority of disabled don't have that choice. They need to park as close to their destination as possible. Don't forget the disabled are shoppers too. They spend money in shops and in the markets. They need to be able to get to them.
We go shopping at different times then, ALWAYS spaces at DLC. The bays opposite the co-op often have spaces. Sainsbury's disabled bays empty or wrongly filled by others.

To be honest the majority of disabled badge users I see certainly don't have a wheel chair or even a stick and could easily walk the extra 40 yards. It must be the biggest (parking) abuse going - that badge probably applies to a family member in the cases I see.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Empty disabled bays? I wish! Sometimes hard to find when I need one. Parking on double yellow lines is a last resort. They are usually there for a reason. Even with the right to park on them it is not a good idea to park on them. Ordinary motorists have a choice, they can walk to their destination, they can cycle, they can catch a bus. The majority of disabled don't have that choice. They need to park as close to their destination as possible. Don't forget the disabled are shoppers too. They spend money in shops and in the markets. They need to be able to get to them.[/p][/quote]We go shopping at different times then, ALWAYS spaces at DLC. The bays opposite the co-op often have spaces. Sainsbury's disabled bays empty or wrongly filled by others. To be honest the majority of disabled badge users I see certainly don't have a wheel chair or even a stick and could easily walk the extra 40 yards. It must be the biggest (parking) abuse going - that badge probably applies to a family member in the cases I see. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 1

7:55am Fri 5 Sep 14

A Darener says...

Cap... Have to agree with you in saying a lot of able bodied people abuse the badge. Also most badges nowa days seem to go to the elderly as a right. Being old is not a handicap, recognised by the award of DLA mobility payments. Perhaps badges should only be given to people who receive DLA mobility payment.
Try shopping Saturday morning 9:00.
Cap... Have to agree with you in saying a lot of able bodied people abuse the badge. Also most badges nowa days seem to go to the elderly as a right. Being old is not a handicap, recognised by the award of DLA mobility payments. Perhaps badges should only be given to people who receive DLA mobility payment. Try shopping Saturday morning 9:00. A Darener
  • Score: 5

9:23am Fri 5 Sep 14

Richard Pembrook says...

The worst thing Darwen ever did was to join up with the deadbeats & fools at Blackburn council.
Most of the people I see getting out of mobility cars paid for by my taxes are simply too fat to walk! Why should they get brand new cars every couple of years when I pay my taxes and have to drive a 10+ year old car? Something wrong with this country when the biggest fleet of cars in the country are mobility cars! Why don't they put them back in the old blue cars they used to get? That may put them off fitting private registrations & looking down their noses at hard working tax payers who can't afford a new car!
The worst thing Darwen ever did was to join up with the deadbeats & fools at Blackburn council. Most of the people I see getting out of mobility cars paid for by my taxes are simply too fat to walk! Why should they get brand new cars every couple of years when I pay my taxes and have to drive a 10+ year old car? Something wrong with this country when the biggest fleet of cars in the country are mobility cars! Why don't they put them back in the old blue cars they used to get? That may put them off fitting private registrations & looking down their noses at hard working tax payers who can't afford a new car! Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 10

11:59am Fri 5 Sep 14

Little Diamond says...

Coun Bateson, if the taxi rank is not being used why have it?
Coun Bateson, if the taxi rank is not being used why have it? Little Diamond
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Coun Bateson, why are taxis parking illegally on the main road near the lights?
Coun Bateson, why are taxis parking illegally on the main road near the lights? Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 4

8:40am Sat 6 Sep 14

Darwen Malc says...

A Darener wrote:
Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield, who is also a borough councillor, said: “This is a welcome move by the council. We have listened to the concerns of residents and traders and thankfully a better solution has been found.”
Wouldn't it have been better to ask for opinions before spending thousands of pounds of tax payers hard earned money? I think the bill should be sent to the committee members and council officials who originally agreed to this ridiculous scheme. Anybody with any sense would have known it was going to cause a mass of complaints.
Well said. Maureen Bateson doesn't even live in Darwen,and is, so I am led to believe, an avid supporter of buses, so what would she know about the parking and taxi requirement in Darwen. And therefore it begs the question 'Who asked for this change in the first place?".
If something is working very well, it doesn't need fixing. Would love to know the true cost that this farce has cost, as it's not just for the workmen doing both the original job, and the reversal, but materials, signage etc. Oh, and I nearly forgot, the consultations before and during this debacle.
What an utter waste of time and money.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield, who is also a borough councillor, said: “This is a welcome move by the council. We have listened to the concerns of residents and traders and thankfully a better solution has been found.” Wouldn't it have been better to ask for opinions before spending thousands of pounds of tax payers hard earned money? I think the bill should be sent to the committee members and council officials who originally agreed to this ridiculous scheme. Anybody with any sense would have known it was going to cause a mass of complaints.[/p][/quote]Well said. Maureen Bateson doesn't even live in Darwen,and is, so I am led to believe, an avid supporter of buses, so what would she know about the parking and taxi requirement in Darwen. And therefore it begs the question 'Who asked for this change in the first place?". If something is working very well, it doesn't need fixing. Would love to know the true cost that this farce has cost, as it's not just for the workmen doing both the original job, and the reversal, but materials, signage etc. Oh, and I nearly forgot, the consultations before and during this debacle. What an utter waste of time and money. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 7

11:24am Sat 6 Sep 14

Moorland says...

A Darener wrote:
Cap... Have to agree with you in saying a lot of able bodied people abuse the badge. Also most badges nowa days seem to go to the elderly as a right. Being old is not a handicap, recognised by the award of DLA mobility payments. Perhaps badges should only be given to people who receive DLA mobility payment.
Try shopping Saturday morning 9:00.
Yes there is widespread abuse of the Blue Badge system but, unfortunately, being old CAN be a handicap when one is 95 and is reliant on a wheelchair like my mother. So if blue badges were only given to people receiving DLA mobility payments, my mother would not have a Blue Badge, as she doesn't receive this payment. And she would not be able to use the wider disabled spaces which are needed when I take the wheelchair too the car door. One of the stipulations of being given a Blue Badge is the holder is not able to walk more than 2 bus lengths without needing to sit down and recover. It makes my blood boil to see able bodied folk (young as well as elderly) using Blue Badges as they jump out of their car and hurry along to the shops and still be walking around the shops much later. Most of the time my mother is not in the car with me so, of course, I park in a non-disabled space.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Cap... Have to agree with you in saying a lot of able bodied people abuse the badge. Also most badges nowa days seem to go to the elderly as a right. Being old is not a handicap, recognised by the award of DLA mobility payments. Perhaps badges should only be given to people who receive DLA mobility payment. Try shopping Saturday morning 9:00.[/p][/quote]Yes there is widespread abuse of the Blue Badge system but, unfortunately, being old CAN be a handicap when one is 95 and is reliant on a wheelchair like my mother. So if blue badges were only given to people receiving DLA mobility payments, my mother would not have a Blue Badge, as she doesn't receive this payment. And she would not be able to use the wider disabled spaces which are needed when I take the wheelchair too the car door. One of the stipulations of being given a Blue Badge is the holder is not able to walk more than 2 bus lengths without needing to sit down and recover. It makes my blood boil to see able bodied folk (young as well as elderly) using Blue Badges as they jump out of their car and hurry along to the shops and still be walking around the shops much later. Most of the time my mother is not in the car with me so, of course, I park in a non-disabled space. Moorland
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Sat 6 Sep 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well - certainly whoever made this decision in the first place should be dismissed . No compensation for loss of office . No references . No pension .

Now there appear to be two issues here , both intertwined .

Permit me to add my twopennorth .

Taxis - some taxi drivers are excellent - driving nice up-to-date cars .
But some taxi drivers seem to think they can park / stop anywhere .
These are the ones who drive as though they are Fire Engines , who have to ask you for directions to your destination . They drive old rattleboxes , I wonder about their legality , insurance status etc .

I would not dream about questioning whether they pay tax on their earnings , their knowledge of the English Language , nor their immigration status . Yes , well .

We move on - to Blue Badges . These are horrendously abused .
I have one . Let me make that clear . I have gone through interviews to prove my entitlement to same . But they do appear to be handed out like smarties to those who know how to play the system .

Those who say "I'm old" or "I'm overweight" .

Those who seem to think they have a right to a free house , free everything , loads of taxpayers money because they have a bad back or because they are suffering from depression because their dog died ten years ago .

Yes , I know , I do go on !!

But I worked for 41 years - paid my taxes , employed people .

Oh well , never mind .
Well - certainly whoever made this decision in the first place should be dismissed . No compensation for loss of office . No references . No pension . Now there appear to be two issues here , both intertwined . Permit me to add my twopennorth . Taxis - some taxi drivers are excellent - driving nice up-to-date cars . But some taxi drivers seem to think they can park / stop anywhere . These are the ones who drive as though they are Fire Engines , who have to ask you for directions to your destination . They drive old rattleboxes , I wonder about their legality , insurance status etc . I would not dream about questioning whether they pay tax on their earnings , their knowledge of the English Language , nor their immigration status . Yes , well . We move on - to Blue Badges . These are horrendously abused . I have one . Let me make that clear . I have gone through interviews to prove my entitlement to same . But they do appear to be handed out like smarties to those who know how to play the system . Those who say "I'm old" or "I'm overweight" . Those who seem to think they have a right to a free house , free everything , loads of taxpayers money because they have a bad back or because they are suffering from depression because their dog died ten years ago . Yes , I know , I do go on !! But I worked for 41 years - paid my taxes , employed people . Oh well , never mind . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 0

7:10pm Thu 11 Sep 14

DarwenLad says...

This has made me laugh. Somebody in Blackburn needs reprimanding for wasting tax payers money (Hang on this is normal)

For the un-initiated there are difference between Taxis and Private Hire
- Hackney Carriages (Taxis) may Operate from a Hackney Carriage stand (Taxi Rank) or by telephone call.
- Private Hire operators must not operate from a Hackney Carriage stand (Taxi Rank). Instead All bookings must be made through an office, either by personal visit or telephone call. It may then be passed on by radio to the car, (if two way radio is fitted). Casual fares may not be picked up when vehicle is returning empty or standing empty.

Now the fun part is that no Taxis operate out of Darwen and I think I have seen 2 in 12 months coming into Darwen as they are more expensive then Private Hire companies.

In contrast there are around 8 Private Hire companies located around town but these can not use the Taxi Rank as they would get fined.

SO WHO IN BLACKBURN DID THEIR HOMEWORK???
This has made me laugh. Somebody in Blackburn needs reprimanding for wasting tax payers money (Hang on this is normal) For the un-initiated there are difference between Taxis and Private Hire - Hackney Carriages (Taxis) may Operate from a Hackney Carriage stand (Taxi Rank) or by telephone call. - Private Hire operators must not operate from a Hackney Carriage stand (Taxi Rank). Instead All bookings must be made through an office, either by personal visit or telephone call. It may then be passed on by radio to the car, (if two way radio is fitted). Casual fares may not be picked up when vehicle is returning empty or standing empty. Now the fun part is that no Taxis operate out of Darwen and I think I have seen 2 in 12 months coming into Darwen as they are more expensive then Private Hire companies. In contrast there are around 8 Private Hire companies located around town but these can not use the Taxi Rank as they would get fined. SO WHO IN BLACKBURN DID THEIR HOMEWORK??? DarwenLad
  • Score: 0
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