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Plans for Wirral taxi office rejected following residents' campaign
RESIDENTS' opposition has torpedoed plans for a Bromborough sewing shop to be turned into a taxi booking office.
More than 60 people signed a protest petition against the plan claiming it would create noise and disturbance and highway safety and parking problems.
They also argued that there was an existing taxi service in Bromborough Village.
Wirral planning authority was told that the scheme – for a private hire booking office and restroom for drivers – had triggered three objections and a petition containing 64 signatures.
Planning officers advised that the applicant had not supplied sufficient information to demonstrate that round-the-clock business operations would not result in any noise and disturbance to the local community.
They said: “The primary nuisance arises from trips to and from the premises by cars and customers.
"The starting/stopping, closing of car doors and manoeurvring can be a source of nuisance outside the normal working day and such activity becomes more noticeable and sensitive to residents as the background noise levels are lower.”
They concluded that the increase in activity of 24-hour operations was likely to lead to a “harmful” level of noise and disturbance in the vicinity.
The application was refused.