THE owner and managing director of an Ormskirk taxi firm believes taxi marshals are a must for the town centre.
Manni Anderson, of Ormskirk Coaches and Taxis Ltd. has been trading in the market town for over 40 years.
The companies main booking office is located in the centre of Ormskirk and in recent years Manni and his team have noticed violence and anti-social behaviour increase.
In the Advertiser recently we highlighted possible plans to install taxi marshals in the town centre to try and tackle night-time anti-social behaviour.
At this time the licensing department of West Lancashire Borough Council have decided not to pursue this measure but Manni believes marshals are a must to combat the issue.
Manni said: “We were approached by the Licensing Department of West Lancashire Borough Council some two years ago with a similar proposal to supply taxi marshals in the town centre.
“It was agreed that I would supply marshals on a Friday and Saturday night, initially at my own expense, for a trial period.
“Some two years later, I am still supplying the taxi marshal service at a significant cost to my business with little intervention from any other agency to help reduce the incidents that are almost common place on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Over recent years, we have seen increasing levels of abuse to our staff and increasing numbers of violent and anti social incidents in the vicinity.
“Many of these incidents are now controlled in some way by our taxi marshals, however, there are at least two other locations in the town centre where both hackney and private hire taxis operate with no such control as we are the only company to supply a marshalling service.
“We welcome new initiatives but it’s important the council seek the views of businesses like us who are on the frontline.”