South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has called on Cardiff Council to reverse their “insane” decision to end the city’s taxi marshalling service – on the night 70,000 visitors are set to descend on the city.
Anthony Joshua is set to return to Cardiff on 31st March for his heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker – with the marshalling service set to finish at midnight.
For Cardiff – a service funded by city businesses – will step in to provide ten marshals for this one off occasion – but the situation beyond then remains unclear.
While Mr Davies praised the business community for taking the lead – he claimed the short-sightedness of the Council verged on the unbelievable.
He pointed to the chaos experienced when Joshua last fought in the city – and said the Council had clearly not learned its lessons.
Mr Davies said, “Cardiff Council’s decision to cancel the popular taxi marshalling service in the city centre will undoubtedly bring huge problems – but it’s frankly farcical to see it end on the night tens of thousands of visitors are set to descend here.
“We all know the problems that occurred last time we hosted Anthony Joshua – and the Council are even less prepared this time.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for the local business community who’ve stepped in – because clearly the local council don’t want to know.
“While I hope the 10 marshals will stop past problems occurring on the 31st – it remains to be seen how we’ll cope beyond then.
“It’s clear the Council need to hold their hands up – admit they’ve got it wrong and reverse their decision.”