Plans for taxi ranks in village

by Staff Reporter

Malahide Village could be set to have appointed taxi ranks put in place, after Fingal County Council announced a draft proposal which would see more permanent taxi stands introduced.

The local authority has confirmed that plans have been proposed to provide a taxi rank (four spaces) at Grove Road, adjacent to the entrance to the Grand Hotel, which would replace the existing pay-and-display parking bays.

It is also proposed by the council to convert part of the existing taxi stand/loading bay area on new street to a permanent taxi stand which would provide four spaces.

A public consultation on the proposal will be launched this weekend, and will run from Friday, October 18, until Monday, November 18 where members of the public are being encouraged to submit their comments on the proposals.

While local councillor Anthony Lavin (FG) said he welcomed the proposal, he also raised concerns about the potential inconvenience the plans might cause local businesses.

“One of the businesses located [on New Street] was on to me about the inconvenience it might cause them if this taxi bay becomes a 24-hour taxi bay,” he said.

He said he hopes the council would consider allocating a specific time for deliveries to take place in the mornings.

“Although the 24-hour taxi bay is welcome in a sense, there won’t be a big demand for taxis at 8 o’clock in the morning, whereas it might suit for certain deliveries to be made. This was a practical thing that was brought to my attention by one of the traders in the area,” he said.

In response the council said that such issues will be raised by the consultation process.

The draft proposals will be on public display until November 18 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, at County Hall in Swords, or online at www.fingalcoco.ie. The draft proposals will also be on public display for this period of time at Malahide Library during opening hours.

Submissions on the proposals must be made in writing by Monday, December 2, and should be addressed to Mary Egan, Administrative Office, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 or email mary.egan@fingalcoco.ie.

A spokesperson for the council said members of the public are welcome to make comments or suggestions on these draft proposals, and these will then form part of the manager’s report which will be brought to a full council meeting in the future for discussion and adoption.

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