The Head of Transportation and Environment introduced
the report and drew attention to the supplement containing the
minutes of the Joint Transportation Board. A number of potential
locations for the siting of on-street electric charging points had
been advertised. Following the results of the consultation it was
now recommended that nine of those locations be
The Joint Transportation Board had recommended a
slight change to one of the locations set out in the report,
suggesting instead that the Cromwell Road North location be
implemented rather than the Cromwell Road South
The Chairman proposed the recommendations of the
Joint Transportation Board. These were seconded and when put to a
The councillors asked questions and made comments and
the Head of Transportation and Environment gave points of
clarification where necessary. Additional points including the
following were made:
Technology was available that allowed the
provision of quick charging points.
The traffic order would restrict parking
in the bay to electric cars only. It could not implement a penalty
to cars that were using the bay without be charged. Such a penalty
would have to be sought through another mechanism.
The battery sizes in electric cars were
increasing. This would mean that they took longer to
Currently the council operated to
different systems for electric charging, this was not helpful and
it would be desirable not to end up with a third type.
Given issue with air quality
consideration should be given to preferential parking for electric
car drivers in the urban areas
It would be important to make the
charging options clear for visitors with electric cars.
Charging points were being considered in
the off street car parks.
It would be important to future proof in
order to manage the evolution of technology.
The likely contract model would be that
the infrastructure would be owned by the contractor and so at the
end of a contract the council would have options rather than being
left with out of date equipment.
Residents’ concerns about the
charging points were likely to reduce once they were in operation
and this had been the case in other areas.
parking bays at the following nine locations, as advertised, are
reserved for the charging of electric vehicles:
Canterbury at; Westgate Hall Road, North
Holmes Road, Queens Avenue and Beverley Road.
Herne Bay at Central Parade
Whitstable at; Sea Street, Cromwell Road
north location only, Nelson Road and Gladstone Road.
Reasons for the
decision: Electric vehicles
are expected to play a big part in improving air quality and
reducing carbon emissions. Residents with no off street parking
cannot trail a cable across the footway to their domestic supply
and therefore are not able to charge from home. The on-street
charging bays help to overcome this barrier to the take up of
electric vehicles, and are an initiative promoted by the Government
with high subsidies to the Council.
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