Council consults on proposal to consolidate two taxi ranks in Dunstable



  • Central Bedfordshire Council consults on a proposal to consolidate two taxi ranks in Dunstable



Central Bedfordshire Council is running an eight-week consultation on the consolidation of the two current taxi ranks located High Street South and West Street in Dunstable into one rank. 

The consolidation will free up the current space used by the taxi rank in High Street South, to allow the provision of four new additional short-term parking spaces with access to new electric charging points for the public. This will provide clarity on where to access taxis and help with the prioritisation of pedestrians and cyclists.  

The Council are also proposing that the new taxi rank in West Street will have faster electric charging provisions for taxis. This will ensure that taxi drivers with electric/hybrid vehicles are able to charge their vehicles quickly, while waiting for their next customer.  

As part of the redevelopment of Dunstable High Street the Council are investing in the area to create a more pleasant, safe and attractive High Street, reducing the sense of vehicles dominating the road, giving greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists and improving accessibility across and within different parts of the town centre. 

The aim is to improve the identity of the High Street by creating a more traditional town centre that reflects the unique history of the area as well as attracting investors and people to live and work in the area.  

This is one of many investments the Council have been making to improve Dunstable, including the new Leisure Centre and Library at the Dunstable Centre, a new community-focused Integrated Health and Care Hub, together with homes for older people and new Creasey Park facilities. 

The consultation will ensure that the Council provides residents, taxi drivers and businesses the opportunity to have their say on the proposals and make suggestions about other options that could be considered.   

Cllr Ian Bond, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: “I would like to encourage all residents to participate and tell us what they think of the proposals and also make suggestions about other options we could consider. 

"Please take the time to fill in the survey - it should only take five minutes but could make a real difference to your community."

You can find more information at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations.
Paper copies of the consultation summary document and questionnaire can be requested by emailing consultations@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or calling 0300 300 8301.


N.B.

The taxi rank in West Street is currently closed for carriageway reconstruction work and the installation of electric charging points until January 2022.  

The consultation runs from Wednesday 29 September 2021 to Tuesday 23 November 2021.