Fylde Community Radio and the Gasjet have covered this one already, but I thought I’d toss in my two penneth.
It was decreed a number of years ago that the council’s target was for Blackpool taxis to be no older than 10 years by 2013. The maximum age is currently set at 14 years.
However, in a compromise deal between the council and Blackpool cabbies, Cllr Ian Führer Fowler and his associated apparatchiks have relaxed the incoming regulations to 12 years. I am amazed by this to be honest. Not because I think taxis should be no older than 10 years. Oh no.
Because it’s the same Ian Fowler that has been battering motorists in Blackpool ever since he was elected, the same Ian Fowler that has rammed up parking charges in Blackpool, the same Ian Fowler that has removed almost all free on-street parking, the same Ian Fowler that has sat there grinning whilst allowing the roads to become endless minefields, and the same Ian Fowler that last week defended a traffic warden for running out of the town hall into the road to block and photograph a car that had dropped someone with a broken leg off at a taxi rank.
They say traffic wardens don’t get a bonus for booking people: this suggests they do. Unless they’re all arseholes. Fowler must bear reponsibility too. There’s nowhere you can drop someone off in town any more: what choice did the driver have other than to make his wife hobble on crutches for miles from a car park? I’m interested in what taxi drivers have to say about this, too, as the guy did set the person down at a taxi rank.
Anyway, Bill Lewtas of Blackpool Licensed Taxis Association, responded to Fowler on the condition of taxis and took him on about the road surface conditions. He said that taxis would fare rather better if the roads weren’t in such a shocking state of neglect.
I would go one step further than that and impose a chronological deadline upon the council like they have on taxis. Fix the streets within a month, or rebate part of the council tax.
I’ve reported loads of shit roads on fixmystreet.com and none of them have been done yet, months later.