Have your say on charging points
Councillor Steve Reade at Bristol & Bath Science Park
PLANS to install electric vehicle charging points at the Bristol & Bath Science Park are taking their next step.
A public consultation on siting the new charging station in Feynman Way is open for comment until September 14.
The council is planning to ban parking of other vehicles at the site and on nearby stretches of Dirac Crescent and Westerleigh Lane, between the science park building and the National Composites Centre, a plan which is also open to consultation until the same date.
Plans for what the council described as a “flagship West of England charging hub” were announced earlier in the summer.
It will include five rapid chargers and one fast charger: the council says the rapid chargers will provide an 80% charge to an electric vehicle’s battery in around 30 minutes while the fast charger will take three hours for an 80% charge.
The council’s consultation documents show 10 parking bays for the rapid chargers, with a two-hour time limit, and a further two bays for the fast charger, with a four-hour limit: two bays for each of the chargers currently planned.
The consultation documents say: “To ensure that the charging spaces are not blocked by inappropriate (eg petrol or diesel engined) vehicles or by vehicles not using the chargers, restrictions on the type of vehicle and length of stay are required.
“This is to ensure the space is available for those people who are charging their electric vehicle.”
A canopy with solar panels will cover eight parking bays.
Comments can be made on the charging bays and parking restrictions via the consultations section of South Gloucestershire Council’s website.
The council announced plans build 14 new charging points across the district in July.
Opposition councillors have say the area currently has the lowest number of charging points per head of population in the whole of the South West.
Liberal Democrat councillor Adrian Rush cited the figures at a recent meeting of the council, saying that the district’s 59 public charging points – 20 of them funded by the council – represented 21 points per 100,000 people, compared with 24 in Bristol, 29 in Bath & North East Somerset and 38 in North Somerset.
He said: “Even sleepy Cornwall’s got 36.
“Some of the other local authorities are well into the 200s.
“When are we going to catch up with better local authorities?”
Cabinet member for transport Steve Reade acknowledged that South Gloucestershire had a “long way to go” in terms of charging points, and said he always raised the matter with developers.
It has been just over three years since the council last installed any new charging points in South Gloucestershire. The first of its 14 new charging points should be ready in November.