Taxi marshal discussions put on hold

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PLANS to force black cab drivers to pay a £40 annual fee to fund taxi marshals to provide night time security at ranks in Sheffield city centre have been put on hold.

Drivers were furious they would have to pay for the scheme when they say they are already having to absorb a big increase in fuel costs.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board decided more consultation was needed and deferred a decision.

At the same meeting, the committee approved restrictions on drinking in the centre of Woodhouse.

The order gives police the power to confiscate alcohol from people behaving in a disorderly manner through booze and arrest those who refuse.

It affects the area between Tannery Street, Beaver Hill Road, Tithe Barn Lane and Chapel Street, plus the recreation ground off Beaver Hill Road.

Dozens of residents and businesses supported the move after problems with anti-social behaviour. They also gave the go-ahead for an alcohol exclusion zone in Shiregreen after police chiefs told them the area was blighted by underage drinking, anti-social behaviour and drug abuse.