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Decision to be made tonight on controversial Barking mini cab plan

PUBLISHED: 17:20 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:20 19 May 2015

Mohammed Ahmed of A to B Mini Cabs has submitted 3 petitions and a letter to the council to oppose plans for a new mini cab office next to his on Longbridge Road.

Mohammed Ahmed of A to B Mini Cabs has submitted 3 petitions and a letter to the council to oppose plans for a new mini cab office next to his on Longbridge Road.

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Plans for a further minicab business near Barking station have been dubbed “completely ludicrous”.

Plans for a further minicab business near Barking station have been dubbed “completely ludicrous”.

There has been widespread opposition to a plan to turn a ground floor shop space into a taxi office at 19b Longbridge Road. A number of competitors in the road are already vying for customers. One is next door.

“We already have about six minicab businesses within a one to two kilometre radius. I don’t think it’s advisable to have another,” Mohammed Ahmed of A to B Mini Cabs told the Post.

“I don’t understand what the benefit is,” said Mr Ahmed, who has run his business next to the proposed new office for more than 25 years.

“The competition doesn’t bother me, but there’ll be more problems for everyone with parking and noise if it gets the go-ahead. We don’t need this – we just want peace, nothing else.”

Mr Ahmed voiced his concerns in a letter of objection to the council, as well as three petitions on behalf of neighbouring businesses, residents and existing minicab drivers at his business.

A council document accompanying the application states that a name on Mr Ahmed’s petition – Jed Fazal of Primelodge Estates, Longbridge Road – has been denied by its signatory.

Mr Fazal said: “I was never privy to signing any petition.

“Working in Barking and Dagenham, nothing can shock you, but I was a bit surprised by that.”

“I have no issue with the plan – I think competition promotes quality and is ultimately what business stands for.

“My only slight reservation would be parking. There needs to be more clarity about where people can park.”

Mr Ahmed insists a Primelodge colleague must have signed for Mr Fazal on his behalf.

An anonymous letter of objection by numbers 17-37 Longbridge Road, all commercial units, was also received by the council.

Sajid Ali, of Longbridge Cars added: “It doesn’t make sense to have it right next door to another – that’s completely ludicrous on the part of the licensing officers.”

A decision on the application is due to be made at a council meeting tonight (Tuesday).

The applicant was contacted but unavailable for comment.


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