A minimum of four electric vehicle (EV) charge points could be installed in market town car parks in Gloucestershire.
Stroud District Council has unanimously backed a motion which calls for the installation of EV charging stations to help meet its 2030 carbon neutrality ambitions.
The proposals, which will be scrutinised by the environment committee in February, could also allow motorists to charge their vehicles in car parks overnight.
Councillor Lindsey Green (C, Berkeley Vale) brought forward a motion about EV chargers to the council on October 20.
She said the council had declared a climate emergency in 2018 and had pledged to promote the use of electric and hybrid vehicles and install a number of charging points but progress has been very slow.
“Three years on from this decision a plan for the provision of EV charging points funded from the business rates pilot reserve has not yet been produced. Even though other councils have made good progress on that,” Cllr Green told the council.
“I have found it disappointing that action on this has not been taken sooner and I would have liked for this motion to go further. We just need to get on with delivering these EV charging points so that the council can work towards its 2030 carbon neutral pledge.”
Environment committee chairman Chloe Turner (G, Minchinhampton), who proposed a friendly amendment which was accepted, thanked Cllr Green for the motion and her interest in the issue.
She said the movement to EVs is an important strand in the wider decarbonisation of transport.
“I acknowledge that this has not moved as fast as we had liked.It’s a complex exercise that you need to get right. We have engaged consultants to do all the evidence based that we need to back up our strategy,” Cllr Turner said.
“We received their report last week and we are now in a position to move forward. We’d like to start with a minimum of four chargers in each of our market towns.
“We would like to bring the full EV charger strategy to the environment committee in February. We would like to make it clear that residents will be able to park their cars overnight for the purpose of charging.”
She said the details around funding would need to be worked out between now and February. The amendment was accepted and the council voted unanimously in favour of it.
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