[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
This report recommends the Local Committee to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide for the install electric charge points in Area 4. It also recommends that the Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections they authorise the bringing into force of the Order.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the County Hall Car Park - Introduction of Electric Charging Facilities. The report recommended to the Local Committee to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide for the installation of electric charge points in Area 4. It also recommended that the South Lakeland Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections, authorise the bringing into force of the Order. Any objections to the Order would be brought to a future Local Committee meeting to resolve the issues.
The Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy presented the report, detailing the proposed amendment to the Order. He highlighted that the change was proposed in order to support the Council’s ‘carbon neutral county’ objective and the use of electric vehicles was increasing therefore more charging points were required. The location and number of charging points across County Council owned sites was reported. It was noted that this was a small change to the Order.
A member asked if a person could use the EVCP space to charge their car and also take advantage of free parking if it only took a short time to charge the car. It was confirmed by the Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy that the maximum time allowed to park in a charging bay was three hours in total.
A member queried whether the proposed EVCP charge of 30p per kWh was inclusive or exclusive of the reported electricity cost of 12.3p per kWh . He also raised that electric vehicle owners may be affluent (due to the cost of purchasing the vehicle in the first instance) and this could result in more affluent people taking advantage of free parking should their vehicle not need to be charged for the three full hours. He stated that users of EVCPs should have to pay to park and pay to charge their car. Another member thought that it should be made clear that people should not park in an EVCP space unless they were charging their vehicle and that there be an enforcement scheme in place for this. It was suggested by the Chair that parking enforcement officers could monitor this.
The Commercial Development Lead explained that the proposed EVCP charge of 30p per kWh was inclusive of the cost of electricity cost at 12.3p per kWh. He highlighted that this was a capital enterprise project with a requirement to pay back capital from the revenue generated. He commented on the 30 EVCP spaces the Council was investing in across five sites, with the creation of additional future expansion capacity through the installation of new power supplies. He explained how the provision of EVCPs was supporting the cultural shift from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric vehicles and that the provision of the spaces would help to ensure that it was not onerous for people to charge their electric vehicles.
The Chair asked for the figures relating to the differential for parking and charging an electric car compared to just parking a petrol/diesel car. The Commercial Development Lead undertook to provide a written response on this.
A short discussion took place on how the number of EVCPs would increase in future. The Commercial Development Lead explained to members how EVCPs had a range of vehicle charging options (for example motorway services used more powerful devices which charged vehicles more quickly).
The Chair welcomed the points made by members and asked that the Local Committee be updated at a future meeting on the operation of the amended Order. A member asked for further information on what other local authorities were doing in relation to EVCPs. The Commercial Development Lead reassured members that best practice from other local authorities had been taken into consideration and that similar EVCPs were successful.
After raising his concerns that electric vehicle owners could park for free, a member asked for the County Council’s position on electric charging points, in particular for those who charged their vehicles at home. He was concerned that trailing cables could cause a trip hazard on the street.
After being asked if the charges would be reviewed in future, the Commercial Development Lead advised that a review would be likely in six months’ time but 30p per kWh for the cost of electricity used was a standard charge. It was reported that work was being undertaken with SLDC and other local authorities on the provision of EVCPs for the future as currently there was a lack of charging points. The number of charging points needed to be increased to support the influx of tourists who may have electric vehicles.
Following a member question on enforcement of the Order, the Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy advised members that to use an EVCP, the vehicle must be electric and must be charging for a maximum of three hours. A member queried if people could be charged more money to use the space if they were not charging their vehicle.
The Chair proposed that the recommendations, as set out in the report and an update be provided to the Local Committee at a future meeting on the operation of the amended Order, be agreed. These were agreed by assent of the Committee.
(1) Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of amendments to The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2020 (“the Order”) for the introduction of electric charging points in Area 4, and for the inclusion of the existing staff electric charging points into the Order;
(2) Local Committee agrees that in the event that no objections are received, the Order be brought into operation;
(3) Local Committee agrees that any unresolved objections will be brought back to the Local Committee for consideration, otherwise the Order will be made and introduced;
(4) the Commercial Development Lead provide a written response on the figures relating to the differential for parking and charging an electric car compared to just parking a petrol/diesel car;
(5) the Committee be updated at a future meeting on the operation of the amended Order.