Brynmawr fair 'losing cabbies' business'

South Wales Argus: BUSINESS DOWN Taxi drivers are angry that Brynmawr fair is affecting trade and causing chaos.Pictured from left, are Alan Morrell, Alison Gwillym, Tim Roberts and Mike Powell (7267504) BUSINESS DOWN Taxi drivers are angry that Brynmawr fair is affecting trade and causing chaos.Pictured from left, are Alan Morrell, Alison Gwillym, Tim Roberts and Mike Powell (7267504)

TAXI drivers in Brynmawr claim they have lost two-thirds of their business for the week as funfair rides at the town’s midsummer fair have taken up most of their taxi rank.

The taxi rank, in Station Road, can usually hold 16 taxis but the reduction in size has left space for just six cars, causing “big problems” for drivers.

Self-employed taxi driver Mike Powell, 54, said he took only £20 on Monday and the same on Tuesday.

Wayne Hodgins, chairman of the Brynmawr Town Partnership, which runs the event, said he held a consultation with taxi drivers and a smaller rank was agreed on.

But Mr Powell, who has been a taxi driver for four years, said: “Our rank has been taken up by the fair. We have been chucked into the corner just on the entrance of the taxi rank.

“We can’t get in line and we’re parking on the banks. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

As the secretary of a Royal British Legion branch, Mr Powell said he speaks to a lot of older people, many of whom are staying away from the town while the fair is on.

He added: “They’re putting everything off until the following week. There’s not many people about because of the fair.

“One driver said he took £5.60 all day.”

Mr Hodgins added: “In a consultation with the taxi drivers we all agreed there would be a smaller taxi rank. We had special signage made to our costs and I know some of the fairground operators have given the taxi drivers free tickets for some of the rides for their children or grandchildren.

“With 500 to 600 people a night in the town, we feel they should be taking more business.

“They may be a bit frustrated, they’ve got to do a bit more manoeuvring, but I offered them two locations. As the organiser I’m very sympathetic.

“I’ve talked to them most mornings and the feedback has been that it is a bit congested. At the end of the day, if you don’t bring something into Brynmawr we’ll have nothing.

“I feel that I’ve done as much as I can. If they’ve still got concerns, I’m happy to sit down with them before next year’s fair.”

Brynmawr Midsummer Fair runs until tomorrow.

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11:35am Thu 19 Jun 14

desy10 says...

They are complaining about losing business, but do they actually want it. Myself and a few friends were in Brynmawr a few weeks ago on a Tuesday night, we tried to book 2 taxis for 10.30 in the evening, none of them were working so we had to walk to Abertillery!! So my question is, how much do they actually want the work???
They are complaining about losing business, but do they actually want it. Myself and a few friends were in Brynmawr a few weeks ago on a Tuesday night, we tried to book 2 taxis for 10.30 in the evening, none of them were working so we had to walk to Abertillery!! So my question is, how much do they actually want the work??? desy10
  • Score: 12

4:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

k12345 says...

They are complaining about the lack of business but look at the town enjoying itself! The fair has brought community spirit!! The amount they charge, I'd rather walk to be honest!
They are complaining about the lack of business but look at the town enjoying itself! The fair has brought community spirit!! The amount they charge, I'd rather walk to be honest! k12345
  • Score: 5

4:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Julesblaina1 says...

over 500 people come to the fair each day for the four days it is on, some of these people may have never been to the brynmawr before. They see what wonderful shops are in the town and the newly refurbed cinema which is the cheapest in wales. Then they come back to the town long after the fair has gone. This gives the taxis more income in the following weeks. Why cant the taxis work with the town once the shops close down they will not have any jobs full stop. Stop moaning and help your town improve for the better
over 500 people come to the fair each day for the four days it is on, some of these people may have never been to the brynmawr before. They see what wonderful shops are in the town and the newly refurbed cinema which is the cheapest in wales. Then they come back to the town long after the fair has gone. This gives the taxis more income in the following weeks. Why cant the taxis work with the town once the shops close down they will not have any jobs full stop. Stop moaning and help your town improve for the better Julesblaina1
  • Score: 7

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