A CITY centre church objected to the hours of operation of a proposed new taxi rank in Chester.
The evening and night-time rank has been approved in St John Street, following a request from the Chester Licensed Taxi Association.
The association suggested licensing officers should consider additional hackney carriage rank space near or in St John Street where the association says night time visitors congregate looking for transport home.
It has a long-standing argument there is a lack of available ranks, according to a report and suggested that with the opening of new venues there would be increased demand.
City and county councillors agreed the application in March on the basis of the number of existing and proposed late night premises in the area. They proposed hours of 6pm to 8am.
The rank was advertised for public consultation and Chester's highways and transportation local joint committee heard at a Town Hall meeting that an objection had been raised on behalf of Wesley Methodist Church.
The church did not oppose the designation of the rank but pointed out that in view of the “numerous” evening activities which take place at its premises in St John Street, the operation of the rank during the evening could create “significant problems”.
Licensing officers said that in order to satisfy all parties, they proposed to amend the times to 11pm to 5.30am which would bring the rank in line with all the other late night taxi ranks in the city.
The amended hours were moved by committee vice chairman County Cllr Sue Proctor (Lib Dem, Boughton Heath & Vicars Cross) and agreed after Boughton City Cllr Bob Rudd (Lab) had commented: “I have had similar representations.”