Shoebury Health Centre patients want Campfield Road taxi rank removed

The taxi rank

The taxi rank

First published in News by , Senior reporter

HUNDREDS of patients at a doctors surgery in Shoebury have signed a petition to remove an “unnecessary” taxi rank.

More than 670 people have signed the petition to have the rank on a former bus stop outside the Shoebury Health Centre, in Campfield Road, removed.

But taxi drivers say they would fight any plans to do away with the rank.

Councillor Ann Chalk, who has raised the petition, said: “The taxi rank is used rarely and a lot of people are getting tickets from the camera car for dropping off elderly or disabled passengers outside the surgery so that they don’t have to walk far.

“It is quite a walk from the surgery’s car park and there is another rank down the road.

“If this one was taken away and people could be dropped off outside it would make a huge difference to the lives of people using the surgery.”

The rank was put in around six months ago by Southend Council, in place of a bus stop.

Patient Edward Wenden, 69, of Church Road, Shoebury, has used the centre for 33 years. He said: “I was disappointed when they put it in. Taxis can stop anywhere.

"I’d like to be able to spend ten or 15 minutes at the doctor’s without getting a parking ticket.”

But Dave Clift, president of the Southend Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said he would fight efforts to remove it "tooth and nail".

He added: “We get about 20 jobs a day from that taxi rank and phone bookings on top of that. “The people we drop off and pick up there are not well and many of them are disabled.

“If you had all the non-disabled patients stopping there, where would we stop? People who can’t walk can’t be dropped off anywhere else.

“You need a metre and a half to let a wheelchair out, we can’t stop in the middle of the road to do that, and we can’t stop in a disabled bay.”

The petition will be presented at the next available full council meeting.

Southend Council’s group manager of regulatory services, Carl Robinson said: “This taxi rank – on the site of a former bus stop –was installed following a review of taxi ranks in 2011/2012.

“However, a new zebra crossing serving the new Hinguar School may have reduced the opportunity for people to park along on the street to drop off passengers, so we are looking again at this area to see if any additional on-street parking spaces can be found.

“In the meantime, a dedicated car park is available behind the Health Centre itself.”

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2:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Makes no difference to the objectors if it's there, in fact could be very useful to have a taxi rank outside the surgery...
Makes no difference to the objectors if it's there, in fact could be very useful to have a taxi rank outside the surgery... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -20

2:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

abd123 says...

This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.
This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car. abd123
  • Score: 17

2:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

abd123 wrote:
This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.
If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack...
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.[/p][/quote]If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -14

3:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Spazzy McGee says...

If this was still a bus stop you wouldnt be able to stop in it, unless you was a bus, so whats changed??
If this was still a bus stop you wouldnt be able to stop in it, unless you was a bus, so whats changed?? Spazzy McGee
  • Score: 6

3:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Careful, you will have the taxi mafia blockading the surgery if you touch that taxi rank.
Really taxi drivers in the town are the worst offenders for stopping and parking where they want. Not sure why they need a taxi rank.
Careful, you will have the taxi mafia blockading the surgery if you touch that taxi rank. Really taxi drivers in the town are the worst offenders for stopping and parking where they want. Not sure why they need a taxi rank. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 15

3:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

scrounger‎ says...

Have you noticed how many taxi drivers sit smoking in the cab? which is illegal in a place of work. These cabs have large No Smoking signs for the paying public but the drivers take no notice.
Have you noticed how many taxi drivers sit smoking in the cab? which is illegal in a place of work. These cabs have large No Smoking signs for the paying public but the drivers take no notice. scrounger‎
  • Score: 12

3:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
abd123 wrote:
This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.
If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack...
and if you're fit enough to comment on here, you need to recognise the difference between "your" and "you're".

And clearly, disabled or elderly people often cannot walk even short distances. So how do you suggest they get there, skateboard?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.[/p][/quote]If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack...[/p][/quote]and if you're fit enough to comment on here, you need to recognise the difference between "your" and "you're". And clearly, disabled or elderly people often cannot walk even short distances. So how do you suggest they get there, skateboard? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

4:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

Presumably they got tickets for drooping off when it was a bus stop. Have to say is there really need for what looks like room for 3 or 4 taxis? Wouldn't a fair compromise be to reduce it to 2 taxi ranks and a double yellow for the rest so people could be dropped off and not just park?
Presumably they got tickets for drooping off when it was a bus stop. Have to say is there really need for what looks like room for 3 or 4 taxis? Wouldn't a fair compromise be to reduce it to 2 taxi ranks and a double yellow for the rest so people could be dropped off and not just park? John T Pharro
  • Score: 5

5:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
abd123 wrote:
This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.
If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack...
and if you're fit enough to comment on here, you need to recognise the difference between "your" and "you're".

And clearly, disabled or elderly people often cannot walk even short distances. So how do you suggest they get there, skateboard?
You're Right...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: This piece of road is a community asset and should be used to its maximum. At present it has minimal use and with a say 30 minute limit can help ordinary local people use it. Why should those who arrive by taxi get preference over those who come in a private car.[/p][/quote]If your fit enough to drive, your fit enough to take a short walk, and if your fit enough to take a short walk, you don't need to see a quack...[/p][/quote]and if you're fit enough to comment on here, you need to recognise the difference between "your" and "you're". And clearly, disabled or elderly people often cannot walk even short distances. So how do you suggest they get there, skateboard?[/p][/quote]You're Right... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

5:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Nebs says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Presumably they got tickets for drooping off when it was a bus stop. Have to say is there really need for what looks like room for 3 or 4 taxis? Wouldn't a fair compromise be to reduce it to 2 taxi ranks and a double yellow for the rest so people could be dropped off and not just park?
That seems sensible.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Presumably they got tickets for drooping off when it was a bus stop. Have to say is there really need for what looks like room for 3 or 4 taxis? Wouldn't a fair compromise be to reduce it to 2 taxi ranks and a double yellow for the rest so people could be dropped off and not just park?[/p][/quote]That seems sensible. Nebs
  • Score: 5

6:28pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Yawn Who Cares ?
Yawn Who Cares ? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -1

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