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E-car charging needs to be stepped up says LibDems


By Lynn News Reporter


West Norfolk Council is among those local authorities criticised locally for having no plans to increase the number of electric car charging points in the borough.

A Freedom of Information survey by the Liberal Democrats found that nationwide, more than a quarter of local authorities (more than 100) had no plans to install more charging points.

This included West Norfolk and neighbouring Fenland.

A further survey from the BBC Shared Data Unit found that last summer when the figures were collated, West Norfolk had 15 charging points in the borough and a total of 187 electric cars registered to addresses in the authority’s area.

Pictured is Jon Priddey with his Electric Car outside his Whitstable home..Hamilton Road, Whitstable..Picture: Andy Jones FM5014920. (8338010)
Pictured is Jon Priddey with his Electric Car outside his Whitstable home..Hamilton Road, Whitstable..Picture: Andy Jones FM5014920. (8338010)

This meant that there was a rate of 80.2 per 1,000 vehicles licensed in the borough.

This actually compared well to the 40 per cent of local authorities that had 10 or less charging points.

Peterborough City Council was counted in the bottom 10 of authorities with only 21 charging points despite having more than 10,000 electric cars registered in the city. That is a charge point to e-car ratio of just 2.1.

Milton Keynes topped the list for those with the most charging point, with 138.

Ed Davey, of the LibDems, criticised the lack of plans to increase provision in many authorities.

He said: “People deserve better. There is no doubt these councils are being hamstrung by Conservative government cuts, crippling their ability to tackle climate change. These cuts must be reversed.”

A West Norfolk Council spokesperson said: “We identified and responded to the need to introduce electric charging points some years ago.

"We feel that for the number of registered electric vehicles in the area we are well served.

"Any decision to introduce further charging points would be based on demonstration of need, affordability and viability.

"It is something that we will continue to monitor along with our county colleagues.”



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