Taxi Drivers Want Say in Metro Plans
Taxi drivers in Birmingham have demanded a greater say in planning for the new Metro lines amid fears that their concerns are being ignored.
The Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association says that ranks are being moved to out-of-the way locations without consultation.
Association secretary Mike Shingler said having taxi ranks next to Metro stops was convenient for passengers and offered greater safety. He said: 'There are many instances of people being attacked, raped and robbed. Late at night these places are often deserted.'
A spokesman for Centro, compiling the plans, said: 'If taxi drivers want to contact us we are more than willing to listen.'
Clinical psychologists have been working with five and sixyear-olds in a drive to identify potential trouble makers before problems escalate.
The scheme, which was originally developed in deprived areas of America, has been introduced in a Walsall school and plans are under way to extend it throughout the borough.
Psychologists and education experts are convinced that early intervention can substantially reduce anti-social behaviour and bullying.
They are working with a young age group because problems become more serious and harder to reverse once children reach secondary school.
The scheme has been hailed a success at a time when the Government is becoming increasingly focused on tackling the causes of juvenile delinquency. …