Taxpayer anger at Grantham’s empty taxi rank

The taxi rank left empty on Conduit Lane, with taxis parked on the other side of the road.

The taxi rank left empty on Conduit Lane, with taxis parked on the other side of the road.

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A Grantham resident is calling for the taxi rank on Conduit Lane to be given back to the public due to its lack of use.

Highlighting the issue with photos he’d taken of the completely empty taxi rank, Allan Spick said: “What a waste of taxpayer’s money.

Photo taken by resident Allan Spick.

Photo taken by resident Allan Spick.

“If they are not going to use it then they should give it back to the public.”

With the photos taken in the morning, the Journal visited the site in the early evening and took the above photo showing not only the taxi rank empty, but moreover taxis parked on the opposite side of the road instead.

Of course the peak time for the taxi rank is at night on Fridays and Saturdays, but Mr Spick wanted to raise the matter of it being left vacant for much of the daytime and added: “It would be of more use to the public. We already have enough of a problem with parking around town.”

In response Lincolnshire County Council’s area highways manager for Grantham, Mark Heaton, said: “This taxi rank was built as part of a review and consultation we carried out in the spring of this year, looking at parking arrangements in the Marketplace, Narrow Westgate and Wide Westgate.

“As part of this review, parking in the vicinity and the areas used as taxi ranks were changed. Starting this autumn when these changes come into effect, taxis will no longer be able to queue at some of the original spaces, so the new Conduit Lane taxi rank will start to be used much more frequently.”

A spokesperson for LCC also confirmed that the cost of the whole parking project in the area, including this taxi rank, was £80,000.