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New Electric Car Charging Points For The East Riding

New Electric Car Charging Points For The East Riding

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 4:56pm 12th March 2020.

New electric car charging points are set for the East Riding as part of a council push to slash emissions across the county.

Council transport and environment managers and officers told the Environment and Regeneration Sub-Committee they were also planning on swapping the council’s petrol and diesel vehicles for electric ones.

Efforts to promote walking and cycling on residents’ shorter journeys were also bearing fruit, they added.

The officials told councillors the number of people walking or cycling for short journeys has increased in the East Riding.

They said:

“But car journeys have also slowly risen. The car is still king."

The council is set to build electric car charging points in Hornsea, Market Weighton, Howden, Hedon, Cottingham and Beverley in the next 12 months.

They added:

“It is not our responsibility to build recharging stations. But we will do it because it’s morally right and because we can provide charging points for visitors."

The points will add to the charging points already in Bridlington, Hessle, Pocklington and Goole. They are able to recharge an electric vehicle in about four hours.

It comes as the government recently brought forward the date for phasing out petrol and diesel cars to 2035.

The officers said:

“There is a drive from government to decarbonise transport. But they’re also starting to put the message across that local authorities should take more responsibility for air quality.

“But we will never be able to do everything that is required. The commercial sector has to step up to the plate."

Councillors discussed reviewing letting electric cars park for free in Beverley’s George Street car park which is fitted with chargers. Some were concerned about the loss of parking fees if the scheme is extended.

Committee member Cllr Kay West said rolling out charging points could cause problems on terraced residential streets.

She said:

“It could stop residents from being able to park on their streets.

“The tech is hugely flawed. It’s not something we should be putting lots of money into but that’s the government’s position."

Committee member Cllr Lisseter called for the number of charging points to be increased.

He said:

“I’m concerned that we have a negative view of electric vehicles.”

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