Taxi-gate has been a ‘tragedy for Milton Keynes’...by Amanda Devlin
Allowing a convicted rapist to drive a taxi “has been a tragedy for this city”, says Milton Keynes Council leader Pete Marland.
At an audit report discussing the internal investigation into the scandal, Mr Marland said he was “sickened” by what had happened.
He said: “All the great things we are doing as a city have been damaged by this.
“This has been a tragedy for the city.”
Mr Marland added that he thought the audit report was “good” because it makes clear what happened, but said “we should not take for granted that what happened won’t happen again.”
Milton Keynes cannot be known for having “concrete cows, roundabouts and a rapist taxi driver”, says the new licensing committee chairman.
Speaking at the MK council audit committee meeting tonight, Councillor Catriona Morris said: “In this new world we now live in we will do everything we can to restore the reputation of the council and help the taxi service of Milton Keynes.
“It is vital that people don’t talk about concrete cows, roundabouts and a rapist taxi driver. It is vital we move on.”
She added that she looked forward to seeing councillors at the next cabinet meeting on December 10 to discuss changes and “make this a service we can be proud of”.
Councillors debating the internal investigation into the taxi licensing scandal tonight recognised the “reputational damage” caused to taxi drivers.