Electric charging points are to be installed in district council run car parks across Richmondshire as part of a plan to make the area zero carbon by 2030.
Members of the council’s corporate board have agreed to a £214,900 scheme to place 20 chargers in locations in Richmond, Leyburn, Muker, Langthwaite, Hawes and Catterick Garrison.
It is hoped more points will come on line in future years as the number of electric vehicles on the roads continues to increase.
Councillors were told that current provision is low with just ten points in total – eight at Scotch Corner and one each at Aysgarth and Hawes.
And with the number of electric cars doubling year on year – there were 135,000 on the roads in 2018 – the need is expected to rise dramatically.
“Phase one of our work will see us install 20 points in our car parks, but there will be more on the way,” said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“We are only looking at provision on council owned land in this phase – we will look beyond that in future installations.”
She said officers have looked at where demand will be highest when deciding where the chargers should be placed and cannot accommodate the north of the district at the moment as it does not own any car parks there.
“It is important that electric vehicle charging infrastructure is not a barrier to the high uptake of new electric vehicles,” added Councillor Philip Wicks, chair of the council’s climate change working group.
“The government has stated that local authorities have a crucial role to play, and this scheme is the start of the council’s plan”
The plans are to install four at Nuns Close in Richmond and in the Garrison, four in both Leyburn and Hawes, and two in both Langthwaite and Muker.
The Station Road car park in Richmond will also be made ready for points.