Gardner House and taxi petitions due for council debate

Gardner House and taxi petitions due for council debate

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Nicola Hine

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Gardner House and taxi petitions due for council debate

Two petitions containing more than 3,500 signatures between them are set for discussion at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The first, signed by in excess of 1,100 people, addresses the borough's proposal to close Gardner House Day Centre in Harrow Lane, Maidenhead.

A volunteer-run day centre at Lady Elizabeth House in Boyn Hill Avenue has been suggested as a replacement service.

The petition was handed to the council on February 28, when Cllr Hari Sharma (Con, Furze Platt) demanded it be discussed at a full council meeting.

"I would ask that the consideration of the wants and needs of these residents be given above the financial considerations," he said.

The council is recommended to refer Gardner House for discussion at a cabinet meeting on June 28.

The second petition was drawn up by Hackney carriage licence holders against controversial plans to change a taxi licensing policy.

Signed by more than 1,400 people, it proposes the current limit of 96 Hackney licences within Maidenhead and Windsor remains in place.

The council has been recommended to approve the removal of the limit with effect from May 1, and to allow five new licences to be issued per month.

The move was supported by a petition by private hire drivers who believe anyone and everyone should be allowed a Hackney plate.

Hackney drivers staged a demonstration against the plans last month.

A decision on the policy is due to be made at the meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall, which starts at 7.30pm.

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