Blackburn Taxi Association chairman Mohammed Yunis, said: “With the one-way system, the bus station going, and no night-life at all, we’re struggling. There are not many clubs, and if they could bring nightlife back, that would be better.”
Bastwell councillor Iftakhar Hussain said many taxi drivers had been coming to him with their problems. “I feel sorry for them, some of them are of such an age they can’t change jobs,” he said.
“It looks like a ghost town at night, there’s nothing for people to come into town for.”Oh, the Tower Hamlets councillors would think that was heaven, Iftakhar!
Damian Talbot, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for the leisure, culture and young people said: “It’s about trying anything. “The economy’s not in the strongest position and people’s drinking habits are changing.
From the beginning of March pubs are going to be encouraging students to come into town on a Thursday night. We’re working with the college on this.
“With Blakey’s, our licensed venue, we’ve worked very hard to make sure there is a lot going on at the weekends.
“We’re hoping it will all have a knock-on effect. If there are more people in the town centre at night they are going to be using taxis more.”Maybe enterprising Tower Hamlets firms should organise coach tours to Blackburn?