12 things you said about Blueline's plans for former post office in South Shields

The former post office in Westoe Road, South Shields.
The former post office in Westoe Road, South Shields.

A Newcastle-based taxi firm has got Gazette readers talking after its plans to open an office in South Shields were revealed.

Blueline Taxis has lodged a change of use application with South Tyneside Council to transform the town's 59 Westoe Road into a taxi office.

A poster outside what could become the new office.

A poster outside what could become the new office.

If approved, the building would be open to the public between 6am and 10pm.

Documents have shown that the building was sold to Blueline in April, with the planning application entered last month.

But the plans have split the opinion of Gazette readers.

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Some have welcomed the taxi firm's plan, praising their prices. Others have insisted that they would rather support a local firm.

Consultation on the application has begun - and residents have until June 28 to have their say. You can view the application online here, using reference number ST/0478/18/FUL.

Here's how you reacted on social media:

Mark Pinckney: "There is already massive over capacity regarding the number of taxis on the road in South Shields.

"I know a number of drivers who struggle to make a living. It only costs a few quid more for my wife and I to get a taxi down street, than it does using public transport."

Julie Owens: "The parking around those streets are bad enough without taxis stacking up, filling spaces. I struggle to get parked in my mam's street to visit her to start with."

Shirley Miller: "I phoned them on Saturday night there was a five-minute wait just to have the call answered I hope this won't be the case in the future!"

Peter Watt: "Over the moon local taxi from Jarrow to Boldon almost 10 quid, Blueline £5.90 bring them on."

Fraser Wilson: "Aye. Totally agreed. Was only £13.50 to Gateshead from Tyne Dock. Good addition to the town."

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Sheryl Davison: "Where will they park the taxis? Isn't that on the one-way system?"

Kath Harris: "Can't beat Richmond wouldn't use anyone but them, very reasonable prices and excellent, friendly staff."

Kerry Pollard: "You can’t beat Westoe Taxis very reliable good friendly drivers men and women."

Joshua Hamilton: "Blueline are much cheaper and are reliable."

Nana N Granda Elliott: "We need proper shops not taxis."

Brian John Ellis Williamson: "Called Blueline before and had a woman with s snotty attitude, deffo not be using them rather use the longest companies I knew from growing up, Richmond or Westoe or Johnny Central Taxis. That's the only ones I will use."

Rachel Mavin: "Where will the taxis park when not in use? Like Richmond for example have their own car park. This doesn't."