I am pleased to report considerable interest among Westcroft Square residents in switching to electric cars. This is something the Residents Association has been actively encouraging and monitoring in order to press the Council to provide the necessary charging points.
The Council’s Parking Projects and Policy Manager says:
“Thank you for the email regarding the provision of residential on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge-points in Westcroft Square. The support presented by the Westcroft Square Residents Association is welcomed and comes at a very important juncture.
LBHF intends to be at the forefront for EV charging provision and we are currently developing a network of on-street EV charge-points across the borough. We have just completed Phase 3 of this project that has delivered 83 EV charge-points in 28 locations. The closest to WestcroftSquare is in Standish Road at the junction with King Street where two charge-points are operational. We anticipate that later this year by the end of Phase 4, we will offer 160 EV charge-points across 55 locations with a charge-point within 400 metres of every residential property in the borough.
Whilst EV charging technology has come along in leaps and bounds in the past decade, it is still evolving. So for example, we are exploring rapid charging infrastructure where an 80% charge can be realised in less than 30 minutes. Installing charging points within lamp columns is another option. This technology removes the consumer metering apparatus from the charging unit and puts in into the cable provided by the consumer. The advantage being that several charging points could then be provided at minimal cost.
The announcement from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support local highway authorities was welcomed and I contacted the Energy Saving Trust (EST) earlier this year to discuss the On-street Residential Charge-point Scheme (ORCS) in more detail. They are administering the scheme and have provided me with further information, offered guidance and will review any grant funding application that LBHF may make to the ORCS.”