A Witch flies over-Bridgend 2018 Taxi fares increase-Proposal 1 to go to a wicked public consultation-Licensing Team Manager-Yvonne Witchell loses grip of BCBC broom stick

Its Halloween time and a Witch is seen crossing the vale of Glamorgan, bound for Bridgend, Coity Castle, that was the report that came in after dark like a quiet mist slithering through the skies of South wales into the blacklisted art form called BCBC


Yvonne Witchell – Yvonne.Witchell@bridgend.gov.uk of Bridgend Taxi licences– nick named – The Witchell stick – appears to have lost the plot, and her long established stick, after being grounded by a watch dog taxi spell, picked up in England, against wayward taxi licensing spells that prohibit fares increase, a practice found here in this medieval part of Mid Glamorgan, Wales, called Angel Street, Bridgend


Team Manager licensing for head of regulatory services, sends a letter by recorded delivery folks, to BIT organisation Senior Partner ,and it reads angry and vexatious, folks, like a Witch applying an evil spell, that in the end fails to have any affect any more on the victim, using that old Witchell Stick routine coming from some where that looks over the moon


A team member of the BIT organisation reading the letter, reported it read like Yvonne Witchell, flew off the handle,

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A local Cabbie with a new 8 seater mini bus, was outraged when he heard that BIT that Daniel Cook under costed his 8 seater taxi, when the Policy officer reported costings to Cabinet for 4 seater taxis in the borough bought by the trade, to be no more than £17,000, including 5,6,7,8 seater Bridgend hackney carriage cabs


The cab driver was out walking his dog at the time, who said he wished to remain anonymous, said – How can they do that at the council- and before running off had a look of disgust, written all over this Bridgend cab drivers face

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Another Drive said Cook was having a tin bath Rodney, hasnt he got any ruddy GCSE’s, my car falls into 26,000 pounds bracket, the plonker, what a dip stick, is he mutton Jeff or something, the wally


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Following the report by Cook supplied to Cabinet, BIT Senior Partner tells Ombudsman services that BCBC taxi fare setting Method policy, is out dated,and flawed for sure, and there is the proof clearly in cooks latest offering, with no sums, just noises incomprehensible


Guessing is now out, and also sweeping taxi fare proposals under the desk for years, said Senior BIT Partner, as it proves too costly to the taxi trade in England and Wales


A gentleman from Northampton area, visiting relatives in Aberkenfig, commented to Mr Nelson whilst he was conducting a BIT survey at Bridgend Railway Station, that the BCBC chief executive Darren Mepham was allegedly caught describing his day at Civic offices..


The gentleman went on to say that the chief executive leaving BCBC in January next year, was no great loss, and apparently someone in the councils legal and complaints department, that originated from Hackney council in east London, was also leaving as they handed in their notice recently, after just 3 weeks on the job, allegedly

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BIT Senior Partner said recently in an interview,  that licensing team head Yvonne Witchell was invited to explain how they arrived at their calculations for the current fare setting, in an email way back at the beginning of 2017 and prior end 2016, and by what formula do they use


The public should note, the email was never replied to, as the Witchell Stick was probably busy as seen


As already reported on https://www.facebook.com/TAXIWATCHDOG/ in the last few days – Taxi insurance was never calculated or taken into account when fare setting by the democracy that is BCBC, thus seeing taxi drivers losing some £2,000 per annum each, as a result of an improper fare setting policy, said a spokesman for the Taxi Watch Dog Team in Wales

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The rather angry letter in our opinion from team header Witchell, was full of discrimination content, and containment as usual from, aka -Witchell Stick

In fact the letter talks of, if BIT is mentioned in an email to them, they will not respond

A reply to Yvonne Witchell asked if Mr Nelson changed his name to BIT by deed poll would that be acceptable, Still waiting a reply on that one said Senior Partner for the organisation offering a free public service to Cabbies and the Taxi Trade


Here is an extract of the original letter dated 24-10-2018 – Our ref YW/319, from Yvonne Witchell, with the crucial BIT of news or words the majority want to hear, about bridgend taxis fares increase in 2018, for all those taxi drivers out there –

Page 5  – I would advise you that at the meeting on 23 October 2018, Cabinet approved Proposal 1 to go forward



In the 5 page document sent to Mr Nelson of the BIT organisation, as one read the response, you could see that BIT may well have, upset their spell in office, as it went down like this –


Page 5 – On 20 September 2018 you emailed the chief executive including a link to an external website. The council will not be accessing this site and no further response will be given



Page 3 – In addition , you have have admitted to recording and uploading telephone calls to Youtube


The public will be also interested to know that the Ombudsman service will access that link, as it has been forwarded as part of  further evidence, pertaining to that BIT, the learned Witchell stick talks about

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Ombudsman in fact in passing commented it was a good shout for her, during a phone conversation with BIT Senior Partner that BIT organisation news, was a very informative reference with gifs, whilst reviewing the Bridgend Taxi Trade Case

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Yvonne Witchell goes on with her spell bounding words in the letter as seen below

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The council does not recognise the BIT organisation as a recognised trade organisation and will not action any further correspondence submitted by you on behalf of the BIT organisation

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Yvonne Witchell <Yvonne.Witchell@bridgend.gov.uk>
22 Mar at 09:29

Dear Sir

I have made Mr Dave Holland aware of this latest email and can confirm that responses have been sent to BIT on 24/1/2018  and 23/2/2018 covering the content of the enquiry sent within this form.

BIT has been invited to submit an application to increase taxi fares in Bridgend but no application has been received.  As a consequence, the process to report to Cabinet will proceed without this information.

Yours faithfully

Yvonne Witchell

Adran Trwyddedu  | Licensing Section

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Siriol Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council Swyddfeydd Dinesig | Civic Offices

Stryd yr Angel | Angel Street

Pen-y-Bont  | Bridgend

CF31 4WB  | CF31 4WB

Ffôn/Phone: (01656) 643643

Ffacs / Fax: (01656)


E bost / Email: licensing@bridgend.gov.uk


Gwefan / Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk


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That is a clear knock down for that round, as licensing foreman hits the canvass after getting that BIT very wrong
BCBC taxi fares increase 2018, that is the punch too strong, as the BIT organisation puts scores on the score cards, putting them ahead on points, in this heavy weight fight scheduled to go all the way ladies and gentlemen
Chris Jones asks BIT NEWS will it be another 6 months before they select a date?
  • foi <foi@bridgend.gov.uk>
    26 Oct at 15:47

    Dear Sir/Madam

    FOI REQUEST X04-776

    We acknowledge your request for information received on 26 October 2018.

    We are considering your request and you should receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the information is exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in the public interest in accordance with section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act.

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    From: Mr MoneyPenny [mailto:mrmoney.penny@ymail.com]
    Sent: 26 October 2018 05:41
    To: complaints
    Subject: FOI

    To whom it may concern

    On what date will the public consultation for taxi fares be published on the website as Yvonne Witchell states proposal 1 is to be advertised over the next 14 days

    How long will it take following the 14 day expiry period for Daniel Cook to provide Cabinet with the report, and then how long will it be before the report is published and then put on the Agenda for potential implementation?

    This is not vexatious communication as the taxi Watch Dog always works in the public interests as well as the taxi trade for free

    Given time is money, we suspect you can answer the FOI in 20 working days?

    Yours Sincerely

    D Nelson

    Senior BIT Partner

    BIT organisation

    For and on behalf of members of the taxi trade

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    Mr MoneyPenny <mrmoney.penny@ymail.com>
    26 Oct at 16:01

    Hi Beth

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