Calls for taxi rank

2017-12-19 06:00

Simon’s Town residents have called for the development of a taxi rank.

The Simon’s Town Civic Association requested the development of a formal rank for minibus taxis to be considered by the City of Cape Town at last month’s subcouncil meeting.

The association’s Kathryn Bolitho says there is currently no formal taxi rank in Simon’s Town, despite taxis being an integral mode of transport.

“Every time the wind blows sand off Long Beach, over the railway tracks, the taxis and buses need to ferry people to and fro,” she says.

The lack of a formal rank has created numerous issues at the Long Beach parking area.

“The drivers are using Long Beach parking to clean their taxis. The litter, even if it is put in the bins , piles up and blows all over the place and goes into the sea. They also use the parking bays at the station, so there is not enough parking for the general public. Sometimes they park or pull up next to each other, clogging up the single-lane main road into Simon’s Town,” Bolitho says.

“They have also started parking on the rise above the entrance to Redhill Road and are also loitering there and littering there. Residents are not happy about it.”

Bolitho adds: “A formal taxi rank would give the taxis, which are meeting the needs of the people, a legal place to wait and clean their taxis with necessary resources such as dustbins that are large enough and closed so that the litter can be controlled. [This would lead to] the entrance to our town being clean, neat and less congested.”

At the subcouncil meeting, ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock said taxis are just one traffic issue being faced in the area.

These traffic issues prompted councillors to call for the inclusion of the area in a Far South transport plan currently being developed (“Plea to be included in plan”, People’s Post, 12 December).

Other traffic concerns include the expansion of the SA Navy, outsourcing of the dockyard, an increase in tourism, access to False Bay fishing, an increase in residential development, and the decay of the passenger railway line, councillors say.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, confirms that the transport plan’s study area includes all areas south of Muizenberg, Silvermine and the Chapman’s Peak mountain range.V Continued on page 2.

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