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Taxi marshals to be scrapped from Brighton and Hove city centre

The Argus: Taxi marshals to be scrapped from city centre Taxi marshals to be scrapped from city centre

Taxi marshals have been scrapped in Brighton and Hove - leaving the city's ranks unmanned from this weekend.

The four marshals have been employed since August last year after partners in the city agreed to pay for the positions, which were provided by Unite Security.

Since their reinstatement the marshals had been widely credited with keeping order at taxi ranks in East Street and West Street in Brighton and Hove, particularly in the early hours at the weekend.

 


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But the positions have been cut as of today (SAT), to the dismay of taxi drivers and councillors, while partners work to arrange further funding.

John Streeter, vice chairman of Streamline taxis, added: “It's been useful for the taxi drivers and to the public [to have the marshals].

“It makes it safer because people see them and it's something that the trade wants to continue.”

Asked if it would reduce the safety of the taxi ranks he added: “Without question it would have a negative impact without them.

“Nothing would be positive without the marshals and most people accept that.”

Coun Gill Mitchell, deputy leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said: “This is a really retrograde step.

“The Green Council should find the money for the marshals to continue from the taxi licence fee budget.

“The marshals play a vital part in preventing night time anti-social behaviour in the city centre and helping people to get home safely.”

This is not the first time these roles, which were tasked with keeping order in taxi queues and stopping people who had had too much to drink from getting into taxis, have been removed from the city.

In 2011 they were scrapped after government funding dried up.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford from Sussex Police said: "Taxi marshalling plays a key part in identifying vulnerable people and preventing crime at night in the city.

"Brighton and  Hove police are committed to paying their contribution to this valuable service, which is funded by a number of partners in the city.

"It is unfortunate that this initiative will be interrupted for a short time while partners arrange ongoing funding. A partnership meeting is due to take place imminently so that this service is quickly restored."

Brighton and Hove City Council had not responded about the scrapping of the roles as The Argus went to press last night.

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7:13am Sat 1 Mar 14

hoveguyactually says...

Well, there was not much order in East Street a few days ago, around midday. There were so many taxis blocking the road, that a row broke out between their drivers and the driver of a white van trying to get through. It is ludicrous that they are allowed to occupy so much space. Also, why should the police, (which means ratepayers) have to pay for marshalling, and not the taxi companies? Or would the latter push up their overcharged fares yet again?
Well, there was not much order in East Street a few days ago, around midday. There were so many taxis blocking the road, that a row broke out between their drivers and the driver of a white van trying to get through. It is ludicrous that they are allowed to occupy so much space. Also, why should the police, (which means ratepayers) have to pay for marshalling, and not the taxi companies? Or would the latter push up their overcharged fares yet again? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 5

7:28am Sat 1 Mar 14

red bravo says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
Well, there was not much order in East Street a few days ago, around midday. There were so many taxis blocking the road, that a row broke out between their drivers and the driver of a white van trying to get through. It is ludicrous that they are allowed to occupy so much space. Also, why should the police, (which means ratepayers) have to pay for marshalling, and not the taxi companies? Or would the latter push up their overcharged fares yet again?
Firstly the issue of day time over ranking is a completely separate one. Secondly Taxi companies DO NOT set the fares Brighton and Hove council do. Why post comments on something you clearly have zero KNOWLEDGE (pun alert) you just make yourself look silly.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Well, there was not much order in East Street a few days ago, around midday. There were so many taxis blocking the road, that a row broke out between their drivers and the driver of a white van trying to get through. It is ludicrous that they are allowed to occupy so much space. Also, why should the police, (which means ratepayers) have to pay for marshalling, and not the taxi companies? Or would the latter push up their overcharged fares yet again?[/p][/quote]Firstly the issue of day time over ranking is a completely separate one. Secondly Taxi companies DO NOT set the fares Brighton and Hove council do. Why post comments on something you clearly have zero KNOWLEDGE (pun alert) you just make yourself look silly. red bravo
  • Score: 3

7:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Usual crap form the Anti brigade! Mt next comment could be why waste MILLIONS on Cycle lanes when bikes use the pavements. Or Millions on 'cycle' traffic lights that are ignored anyway.?
Bottom line if people behaved there would be no need for Marshalls.
If like hoveguyactually you are tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour you would not see what the Police/Taxis/Buses/C
leaners and decent people in general had to put up with when the drunken mobs hit the streets in the small hours and think everyone is fair game for their disgusting behaviour.
Howver the small amount being saved now wil cause 1ten times more being spent on the aftermath of these mindless thugs fighting for the next taxi on the ranks.
Maybe he should go back to trying to force his massive Council Tax rise on the rest of us with just over 14 months left before he is sent to obscurity.
Usual crap form the Anti brigade! Mt next comment could be why waste MILLIONS on Cycle lanes when bikes use the pavements. Or Millions on 'cycle' traffic lights that are ignored anyway.? Bottom line if people behaved there would be no need for Marshalls. If like hoveguyactually you are tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour you would not see what the Police/Taxis/Buses/C leaners and decent people in general had to put up with when the drunken mobs hit the streets in the small hours and think everyone is fair game for their disgusting behaviour. Howver the small amount being saved now wil cause 1ten times more being spent on the aftermath of these mindless thugs fighting for the next taxi on the ranks. Maybe he should go back to trying to force his massive Council Tax rise on the rest of us with just over 14 months left before he is sent to obscurity. upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 12

7:42am Sat 1 Mar 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Oh and the large bouncer on the right of the photo will have more time for his pies now but less to spend on them!
Oh and the large bouncer on the right of the photo will have more time for his pies now but less to spend on them! upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: -8

7:42am Sat 1 Mar 14

red bravo says...

Soon to follow more ignorant uninformed stereotype comments. Lazy, fat, long way round, rude overpriced, smelly etc etc etc.ZzzzzzzZ.
Soon to follow more ignorant uninformed stereotype comments. Lazy, fat, long way round, rude overpriced, smelly etc etc etc.ZzzzzzzZ. red bravo
  • Score: -3

7:46am Sat 1 Mar 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

so true Bravo plus the Argus have popped a whole thread for this above
The point about public safety and fights on the ranks is left behind along with too many cabs too few rank spaces and with the economy as it is too few jobs.
Hopefully they will balance it with a cycle article so the others can have their digs!
so true Bravo plus the Argus have popped a whole thread for this above The point about public safety and fights on the ranks is left behind along with too many cabs too few rank spaces and with the economy as it is too few jobs. Hopefully they will balance it with a cycle article so the others can have their digs! upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: -3

9:55am Sat 1 Mar 14

All 9 of me says...

red bravo wrote:
Soon to follow more ignorant uninformed stereotype comments. Lazy, fat, long way round, rude overpriced, smelly etc etc etc.ZzzzzzzZ.
but nevertheless, true ...
[quote][p][bold]red bravo[/bold] wrote: Soon to follow more ignorant uninformed stereotype comments. Lazy, fat, long way round, rude overpriced, smelly etc etc etc.ZzzzzzzZ.[/p][/quote]but nevertheless, true ... All 9 of me
  • Score: -4

1:51pm Sat 1 Mar 14

boristhespider says...

These Marshalls do an excellent job in sometimes very bad weather, having to face crowds of drunken revellers single handedly. They make me feel safe and secure and cannot praise them enough. This is a service we really do not want to lose. Put the cost of pubs/clubs licences up by a few quid and fund it out of Council Tax. Everybody benefits here - its a win win situation. Hope they are re-instated very quickly.
These Marshalls do an excellent job in sometimes very bad weather, having to face crowds of drunken revellers single handedly. They make me feel safe and secure and cannot praise them enough. This is a service we really do not want to lose. Put the cost of pubs/clubs licences up by a few quid and fund it out of Council Tax. Everybody benefits here - its a win win situation. Hope they are re-instated very quickly. boristhespider
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Pebbles says...

Keep up.

Taxi marshall service in Brighton & Hove will be restored soon

01 March 2014

Taxi marshalls will continue in Brighton & Hove.

The initiative has been interrupted while partners in the city agree ongoing funding.

Sussex Police did respond to The Argus last night to say the service will be restored soon.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said: "Taxi marshalling plays a key part in identifying vulnerable people and preventing crime at night in the city. Brighton & Hove police are committed to paying their contribution to this valuable service, which is funded by a number of partners in the city.

"It is unfortunate that this initiative will be interrupted for a short time while partners arrange ongoing funding. A partnership meeting is due to take place imminently so that this service is quickly restored.

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Keep up. Taxi marshall service in Brighton & Hove will be restored soon 01 March 2014 Taxi marshalls will continue in Brighton & Hove. The initiative has been interrupted while partners in the city agree ongoing funding. Sussex Police did respond to The Argus last night to say the service will be restored soon. Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said: "Taxi marshalling plays a key part in identifying vulnerable people and preventing crime at night in the city. Brighton & Hove police are committed to paying their contribution to this valuable service, which is funded by a number of partners in the city. "It is unfortunate that this initiative will be interrupted for a short time while partners arrange ongoing funding. A partnership meeting is due to take place imminently so that this service is quickly restored. http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/whats-happen ing/latest/news-stor ies/2014/03/01/taxi- marshall-service-in- brighton-hove-will-b e-restored-soon?utm_ source=twitterfeed&u tm_medium=twitter Pebbles
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's a shame that people's behaviour has become so bad.

I think it's due to the rubbish on TV - so called reality TV where people are shown talking like idiots, like the craze over "whatever" that mindless idiots adopt and use. The behaviour patterns we see in the this country are mirror images of the bad behaviour shown on TV, such as from Eastenders.

I'd like to see these programmes stopped and decent TV make a come back, where people had to write good scripts instead.
It's a shame that people's behaviour has become so bad. I think it's due to the rubbish on TV - so called reality TV where people are shown talking like idiots, like the craze over "whatever" that mindless idiots adopt and use. The behaviour patterns we see in the this country are mirror images of the bad behaviour shown on TV, such as from Eastenders. I'd like to see these programmes stopped and decent TV make a come back, where people had to write good scripts instead. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

8:50pm Sat 1 Mar 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Been told the Fat Bouncer on the right of the photo is in fact John Streeter Vice chairman of Streamline showing off for the camera
Apologies to fat bouncers everywhere..
Been told the Fat Bouncer on the right of the photo is in fact John Streeter Vice chairman of Streamline showing off for the camera Apologies to fat bouncers everywhere.. upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 1

12:33am Sun 2 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

Well the police have also been removed from the streets at night as they rely on private door security backed up by private security in cars parked where once police cars used to park.The thing that worries me is crime is officially down in our city but anyone out and about late at night knows its gone up its just that we have very few police on duty after dark to record any.Also with local police stations closed down and housed in council offices who are also scared of the dark as they are closed and the police online reporting form as I found out gets ignored even the public cant now easily report crime.I now avoid going in certain area's as its too risky,i bet you the home secretary would not walk down st james street late at night on her own.
Well the police have also been removed from the streets at night as they rely on private door security backed up by private security in cars parked where once police cars used to park.The thing that worries me is crime is officially down in our city but anyone out and about late at night knows its gone up its just that we have very few police on duty after dark to record any.Also with local police stations closed down and housed in council offices who are also scared of the dark as they are closed and the police online reporting form as I found out gets ignored even the public cant now easily report crime.I now avoid going in certain area's as its too risky,i bet you the home secretary would not walk down st james street late at night on her own. clubrob6
  • Score: 2

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