Move to relocate rank resisted by taxi drivers
THE possibility of moving the location of the taxi rank in Byron Bay's Jonson St will be resisted by the drivers.
Byron council is looking at relocating the rank, to reduce the late-night tensions that regularly erupt into violence.
But Byron Bay Taxis office manager Sandy Andrell has told councillors that there is no better spot in the town.
"It's the safest, because it is well lit, close to Cocomangas, where there are security cameras and personnel to help if needed, and close to a pedstrian crossing, giving safe access to the Great Northern."
The site was also in a prominent position for visitors to the town to be able to find easily, Ms Andrell said.
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An alternative site, in Byron St, was unsuitable because it was dark, with reduced access and on a narrow road, she said.
She also called for more police on the beat during the night.
"Byron can be an ugly place at 3am and the location of the taxi rank is not the problem.
"Taxis are part of the solution."
Byron council is to press ahead with a review of the rank's position, "to consider a new location in the broader context of safety and amenity of the Byron Bay town centre".