A DEBATE over whether taxis in Shropshire should be allowed to display the Union Flag will be held this month.

Shropshire Council’s Strategic Licensing Committee is due to debate whether the council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2023-2027 should be changed to permit the display of the Union Flag on taxis and private hire vehicle.

The committee meeting will be held on January 11 at 10am.

Councillor Roy Aldcroft said: “We want to ensure that the public and the trade are aware that the committee is due to consider the conditions under which it may be acceptable to display and use the Union Flag.

“The over-riding priority for the committee is that we ensure the safety and welfare of the public. However, we understand that there are some concerns about the council’s current position and for that reason we will be debating the issue at our meeting on 11 January.”

If anyone wishes to attend the committee meeting in person, they can do so at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, and there will also be the opportunity to watch or hear the proceedings online via the livestream.