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Controversial Barking mini cab company gets the go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:46 26 May 2015

Mohammed Ali, of A to B Mini Cabs, Longbridge Road, opposed a proposal for a new cab company next to his office

Mohammed Ali, of A to B Mini Cabs, Longbridge Road, opposed a proposal for a new cab company next to his office

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A mini cab company by Barking station has been given the go-ahead despite heavy opposition by competitors.

The former takeaway restaurant on Longbridge Road, already host to a number of cab companies, was approved for a one-year trial period by councillors last Tuesday.

“I am not happy with the decision,” said Mohammed Ahmed, who runs A to B Mini Cabs, directly next door to the new business.

“We have been there for 25 years. Nearly ten years ago the council refused an application on the same spot – I think they should look back at their records.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he added.

Concerns about limited parking space behind the commercial units were discussed by councillors, who said the area would be closely monitored over the next 12 months to assess the impact. The applicant has stated he will only have a maximum of four cars parked in the rear yard at any one time.

Operating hours at the mini cab office have been restricted to 6am-midnight, Monday to Sunday, to reduce noise and disturbance.


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