Sheffield dwellers angry at taxi rank test plan

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CITY centre residents fear the introduction of three new taxi ranks will bring noisy drunks to their doorsteps.

Sheffield Council has introduced three ‘experimental’ Traffic Regulation Orders allowing for queues of up to 50 cars in Rockingham Street, Carver Street and Burgess Street.

They were put in place at the request of drivers and Sheffield Taxi Trade Association to prevent illegal ranking.

Nearby residents claim the council has failed to consult them, but transport bosses said the ranks were ‘experimental’ - despite the fact they could be put in place for up to 18 months.

Residents have six months to lodge objections.

Peter Sephton, chairman of Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group, said: “The police like it because it gets people away from the pubs and clubs and off the streets quicker, but they’re sending them outside buildings where people live.

“Taxis make a lot of noise.”

SCCRAG has written to Sheffield Council to voice its concerns and petitions have been launched.

Linda Cooley, secretary of SCCRAG, said: “It should not take six months to collect objections if people are being disturbed all night for those six months. You should not put taxi ranks outside people’s houses.”

Coun Jillian Creasy, who lives in Central ward, said: “Normally they issue notices and put up signs and we have a period of time to put in objections, but this was a delegated decision.

“They wouldn’t put taxi ranks open until 6am right outside where people live anywhere else in the city.

A council spokeswoman said the orders were experimental and the council would respond if there were any complaints.