Warning of danger at shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 11:31 26 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010

A COUNCILLOR has warned that taxis and buses using Wisbech s Horse Fair shopping centre pose a safety threat to pedestrians. Councillor Steve Cawthorne said that if things do not change there could be a serious injury in the bus pick-up area, which is als

A COUNCILLOR has warned that taxis and buses using Wisbech's Horse Fair shopping centre pose a safety threat to pedestrians.

Councillor Steve Cawthorne said that if things do not change there could be a serious injury in the bus pick-up area, which is also used by taxis.

"Someone needs to look at that soon because, if not, there is going to be a tragedy," Cllr Cawthorne told Fenland's overview and scrutiny panel.

"You (the council) are going to wait for something to happen and it is ridiculous. That situation is very dangerous and it could all be started by a taxi coming in behind a reversing bus."

Councillor Kit Owen, cabinet spokesman for licensing, said he shared Cllr Cawthorne's fears.

"It has been that way since the Horse Fair was formed and it is an accident waiting to happen," he said.

Terry Jordan, the council's democratic services and licensing manager, said: "There is a mix of commercial vehicles, domestic vehicles and taxis all trying to use the one area which was originally designed as a bus area."

"We need to get an agreement with the taxi companies and the bus companies to how we can get them to mix and work together to make the Horse Fair safer.


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