Keeping Safe In Accrington Town Centre During The Jubilee
Published Thursday 31st May 2012 in Community and living news
Hyndburn’s Community Safety Partnership has funded a taxi marshals scheme to help revellers get home safely as they enjoy the Jubilee celebrations in Accrington town centre.
Cllr Pam Barton, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities said 'This campaign is all about getting home safely after your Jubilee night out in the town centre and follows the success of a similar scheme we ran in the town centre over Christmas and New Year.'
People visiting Accrington town centre will be able to wait in a safe area for licensed vehicles to transport them home. Priority will be given to vulnerable and disabled people or lone females. The taxi marshals will make sure that private hire taxis aren't breaching their licence by touting for business on the streets. It will also ensure that only Hyndburn taxis are used.
At the end of the night, taxi marshals will be around from 11pm until 4am on Friday (1 June) Saturday (2 June) Sunday (3 June) and Monday (4 June), to make sure you get home safely and are treated fairly.
When you're ready to go home, either use a pre booked taxi, or make your way to the taxi rank on the corner of Holme Street and Church Street, where taxi marshals will be happy to help you get home safely. Remember private hire taxis must be pre booked; it's illegal to hail one from a street.
Anyone can use the taxi marshal facility and priority may be given to vulnerable adults, young people and lone females.
Anyone too drunk or behaving anti socially won't be able to access a taxi from here as this 'safe area' will be managed by security staff who will monitor people's behaviour.
Cllr Brian Roberts, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership said; 'Last years scheme worked really well and so we're keen also to help late night revellers get home safely after the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.'