TAXI marshalls are operating in Oswestry this Christmas after being stationed to make the town safer during the festive period.
Marshalls have been on hand at weekends in Oswestry since December 6 to monitor queues at taxi ranks and create a safe environment for people in the town late at night.
Heather Noble, chairman of the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce, said: “Anything that helps to promote the town and safety for people is a good thing, and it should help contribute to the night-time economy, as I can only imagine it has a positive impact on people in the town at night.
Speaking about introducing a permanent taxi service to the town, she added: “It would be interesting to see what the net result is. Then it would be something to be considered.”
Oswestry Town Mayor Chris Schofield supports the Shropshire Council Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership funded scheme, which is now in its third year.
He said: “I think the marshalling service is a good thing. Everyone is enjoying the festive season and they should be able to get home safely from the town, especially young girls. As far as I know it has all run smoothly so far.”
The marshalls will be in Oswestry and Shrewsbury until the first weekend of January 2014.
Shropshire Councillor Steve Charmley said: “We want people to enjoy the nightlife in Oswestry over the festive period, but we also want them to feel safe.
“We want to prevent a small minority from spoiling other people’s enjoyment.
“The taxi marshalls will prevent disorder in and around the taxi ranks ensuring people can get home safely at the end of the evening.”
This is the third year that the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership has funded this initiative which has been welcome by West Mercia Police, taxi operators and members of the public.