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Electric Car Charging Points

Meeting: 17/10/2017 - Cabinet (Item 110)

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Report of Councillor Alison Webb, Executive Member for People & Information.

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Minutes:

The Executive Member for People & Information presented the report.

 

The report sought Members’ approval to support a Highways England initiative to provide four rapid charging points at locations near to the A47 and A11 in the Breckland area.  It also sought approval to work in a partnership arrangement with a number of other local Councils to apply to Highways England for funding to install these charging points.

 

The areas that had been identified by Highways England to have these charging points were the towns of Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham and Thetford.  It was at the discretion of the Council as to where these charging points should be situated.  Installation costs were free but the maintenance costs were not and would be the responsibility of the Council.  An income would be paid to the Council from the users which could offset these costs and it was understood that at the end of the 10 year period Highways England would not have any further involvement in the installation and as such it would be at the Council’s discretion to determine if the system should continue or be removed.

 

The grant process and bidding process were explained.

 

Councillor Borrett had seen these charging points on private land but these would be installed on public land and he asked whether the Council could enter into some discussion with a number of private partners to offset these costs.  In response, the Executive Member advised that where these points would be put would be a matter for discussion.  The Executive Manager for People & Public Protection felt that the question could be asked.

 

The Executive Member for Finance had also seen a number of these charging points in the area and felt that businesses with their own car parking facilities should be encouraged to install some too.  Another matter to consider was the Council’s Planning Policies to enable others as well as the Council through these policies to install as many points as possible. 

 

The Executive Member for Growth & Commercialisation felt that this would be a great business opportunity for the Council to install these on Council owned car parks and pieces of land that it owned.

 

Councillor Darby, a Ward Member for Swaffham felt that the biggest issue would be getting the power to the charging points.  Members were informed that this had been included in the installation costs. 

 

Councillor Wilkinson felt that the Government figures on how many electric vehicles were in the area should have been available in the report.  He raised concern about the installation costs as he could not see how these could remain at £325 per annum and he pointed out that the charging point at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham was not used very much and felt that further evidence was required.

 

The Deputy Leader thought this was an exciting opportunity and a chance for the Council to become ‘green’.  Most people complain about the cost of living and this would be an opportunity to install the infrastructure first. The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110