Council is on board for Falkirk’s taxi marshalling service

Falkirk town centre's Taxi Marshalling service will run in to 2016
Falkirk town centre's Taxi Marshalling service will run in to 2016

Falkirk’s award-winning taxi marshalling service has been backed by the local authority to the tune of £30,000.

The service, which began in 2007, was praised by members of Falkirk Council’s external scrutiny committee last week.

Members approved the funding, as well as a further £6000 for the successful Safe Base initiative, which will allow taxi marshalling to continue in the town centre into 2016.

Councillor Steven Jackson, committee convener, said: “The taxi marshalling service is a great thing. My 20-year-old daughter uses it and it’s good to know there is a service like this to look out for her.

“It also stops any rogue taxi drivers operating as well - it’s just a great service.”

Funded through the council’s community safety budget, the taxi marshalling service, through the firm Specialised Security, aims to manage and diffuse alcohol-fuelled disorder at peak times within the town centre.

Operating in Newmarket Street and Meadow Street, near Storm nightclub, the service has helped reduce crime rates in these areas.

Having won an award from the Association of Town Centre Management for helping develop the night time economy, it is now in the running for the British Innkeepers Institute’s Social Responsibility Award.

Councillor Charles MacDonald said: “It’s been absolutely superb for the town centre and has cut back on the antisocial behaviour. It makes Falkirk a safe place for people to come and enjoy the night time economy and I have nothing but praise for the work they do.”

The only downside was the reduction in funding, which means the service may have to be revised slightly with Newmarket Street fully covered throughout the year and Meadowbank Street only running on key dates.

Members heard the Safe Base would be in operation on the night of Saturday, August 1 when Tom Jones comes to town.