New taxi stand causes problems
A new taxi stand at the Cannons Creek shops is leaving the elderly waiting in the rain.
Cannons Creek resident Sandra Matthews, 63, has been using taxis in the area for 42 years without a problem.
Four weeks ago, as part of the Mungavin Ave upgrade, the covered Cannons Creek taxi stand was replaced by one outside Eastside Four Square, with no covered seating.
Matthews, who has a bad hip, said the new stand meant people had to sit in the rain or stand under the shop’s veranda – too far away to be seen by taxi-drivers.
‘‘We need a bloody taxi shelter. Every single seat in Cannons Creek is out in the open,’’ she said.
When Matthews contacted Porirua City Council, she was told there were no plans to install covering and that she should have attended a public meeting about the area, a meeting Matthews said she never heard about.
‘‘I get really brassed off with people who don’t live in Cannons Creek telling us what we need to have here,’’ she said.
‘‘ The argument is there are seats there – but the seats are soaking wet. I would like some seats under shelter.’’
To add to the problem, the new stand used to be a five-minute parking area and cars still treat it that way. While the Kapi-Mana News was at the stand, five cars parked there, at one point leaving no room for the taxis.
A Cannons Creek taxi driver, who did not wish to be named, said it was a major problem.
‘‘Where the taxi stand is now, the public just park in there. They don’t seem to worry. When there are three cars there, taxis are not going to wait.’’
If people waited under the shelter, they were often not seen, the driver said. ‘‘ When taxis come along and see no-one on the stand, they just carry on. The way it is now, you don’t know if people are waiting for a taxi.’’
The driver said council needed to clarify the area by putting yellow lines down and providing a covered stand.
Porirua City Council village program manager Ian Barlow said there were no plans to install covering, but negotiations were taking place about putting seating under the veranda.
He said he was aware of cars parking in the taxi stand and of the taxi sign being too high.
‘‘ That is a discussion that’s ongoing with the council roading people. The construction is still being worked on. It’s not finished yet,’’ he said.
Barlow said the new taxi stand had been in the village plan since 2012 at the request of the community.
‘‘It is in a better place from an operational point of view, and safety.’’
Sandra Matthews says there needs to be a covered taxi stand in Cannons Creek.