Electric car power points are not used, says councillor

Evesham Journal: 0914529501. 25/02/14. Councillor Brian Pilcher next to the six EV charging bays in the car park opposite Malvern Splash in Priory Road, Malvern. He says the bays are never used and that six is too many. Picture by Nick Toogood. (4265875) 0914529501. 25/02/14. Councillor Brian Pilcher next to the six EV charging bays in the car park opposite Malvern Splash in Priory Road, Malvern. He says the bays are never used and that six is too many. Picture by Nick Toogood. (4265875)

ELECTRIC car charging points in a town centre car park are hardly ever used and non-electric cars should be able to use them, says a district councillor.

Cllr Brian Pilcher say he has never seen an electric car recharging at the Priory Road car park since six power points were installed a year ago by Malvern Hills District Council..

And he says ordinary cars, which are currently banned from occupying the places, should be allowed to use them until electric cars become more widespread.

He said: "I go to the Splash two or three times a week and I always take a look. I've never seen an electric car parked there, and I've not heard second-hand from anyone who has.

"I'm not saying they should be removed, after the money has been spent to install them, but until they become better used, I think petrol and diesel cars should be able to park there. We need as many parking spaces as possible."

But the council's head of community services, Ivor Pumfrey, said: "The electric charging points are used and their use has become more noticeable in the last few months. It is fair to say they are not used to their full extent but the electric car market has been slower taking off in the UK than was expected.

"These charging points are very important as they are the only publicly available ones in Great Malvern town centre. This council installed these points with grant assistance recognising the need to ensure that the town is ready and equipped to meet the increase in electric car numbers.

"The six dedicated charging bays do not have any impact on overall parking capacity in the town centre – there is no shortage of capacity on this long-stay car park”.

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12:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

What a negative response from Coun Pilcher.
Electric cars are a very important part of our future. If I had the money I wiould definitely be driving one.
And had it not been due to the pressures from the Oil Companies many Americans would also be driving Electric cars. President Reegan and Arnie were compliant to the Oli Companies and cohersed / made them scrap perfectly tested cars.
Go to Google "Who killed the electric Car"
What a negative response from Coun Pilcher. Electric cars are a very important part of our future. If I had the money I wiould definitely be driving one. And had it not been due to the pressures from the Oil Companies many Americans would also be driving Electric cars. President Reegan and Arnie were compliant to the Oli Companies and cohersed / made them scrap perfectly tested cars. Go to Google "Who killed the electric Car" Jabbadad
  • Score: -5

12:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Do we know if these points are being used to charge mobility scooters rather than cars?
Do we know if these points are being used to charge mobility scooters rather than cars? Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

THE FACTS says...

Mr Pilcher seems to lack a grasp of the situation.

here is the situation - The Splash car park is never full. Ever.

So why has he raised this issue ?

Over to you Mr Pilcher
Mr Pilcher seems to lack a grasp of the situation. here is the situation - The Splash car park is never full. Ever. So why has he raised this issue ? Over to you Mr Pilcher THE FACTS
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

MJI says...

Jabbadad wrote:
What a negative response from Coun Pilcher.
Electric cars are a very important part of our future. If I had the money I wiould definitely be driving one.
And had it not been due to the pressures from the Oil Companies many Americans would also be driving Electric cars. President Reegan and Arnie were compliant to the Oli Companies and cohersed / made them scrap perfectly tested cars.
Go to Google "Who killed the electric Car"
I thought you really liked your car
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: What a negative response from Coun Pilcher. Electric cars are a very important part of our future. If I had the money I wiould definitely be driving one. And had it not been due to the pressures from the Oil Companies many Americans would also be driving Electric cars. President Reegan and Arnie were compliant to the Oli Companies and cohersed / made them scrap perfectly tested cars. Go to Google "Who killed the electric Car"[/p][/quote]I thought you really liked your car MJI
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

MJI. I do love my car, but the Electric cars and possibly the Hydrogen powered cars are for the future of this planet. And although I am clocking lifes miles up, we all have to be thinking about this planet and what mankind are doing to it.
One of the biggest problems we will be facing is India and China, since NO Nation could tell them what to do, and if you visited China (as I have been lucky enough to on my dream of a lifetime) you would see thousands of ordinary people having to wear smog masks, and polution is everywhere, and with hundreds of Factories which burn coal being opened monthly, and coal fired power plants frequently opening, their problems and the problems of Climate change that they are giving our world, is now, and will continue to be be very serious indeed. So that is why I would love an Electric Car if I could possibly afford one..
MJI. I do love my car, but the Electric cars and possibly the Hydrogen powered cars are for the future of this planet. And although I am clocking lifes miles up, we all have to be thinking about this planet and what mankind are doing to it. One of the biggest problems we will be facing is India and China, since NO Nation could tell them what to do, and if you visited China (as I have been lucky enough to on my dream of a lifetime) you would see thousands of ordinary people having to wear smog masks, and polution is everywhere, and with hundreds of Factories which burn coal being opened monthly, and coal fired power plants frequently opening, their problems and the problems of Climate change that they are giving our world, is now, and will continue to be be very serious indeed. So that is why I would love an Electric Car if I could possibly afford one.. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Biggles says...

This is way off topic, but hey ho.

The wife and I looked at electric cars as a replacement for her smart fortwo soft top, she ended up with another , petrol, smart fortwo (she likes them, it suits her needs etc).

The price of either the car, or in Renaults case, the battery hire, was just far too expensive, just the battery lease for a month, was more than the petrol she uses for a month.

IF the government want people to swap to these vehicles (and I don't believe they do for a moment, due to lost revenue, the greenies will, but the chancellor wont), then they are going to have to subsidise them, like they subsidise other forms of transport.

There needs to be an advantage to owning these vehicles, and at the moment, there just isn't.
This is way off topic, but hey ho. The wife and I looked at electric cars as a replacement for her smart fortwo soft top, she ended up with another , petrol, smart fortwo (she likes them, it suits her needs etc). The price of either the car, or in Renaults case, the battery hire, was just far too expensive, just the battery lease for a month, was more than the petrol she uses for a month. IF the government want people to swap to these vehicles (and I don't believe they do for a moment, due to lost revenue, the greenies will, but the chancellor wont), then they are going to have to subsidise them, like they subsidise other forms of transport. There needs to be an advantage to owning these vehicles, and at the moment, there just isn't. Biggles
  • Score: 4

2:46pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Casmal says...

Well, well, well, Ivor Pumfrey and Grant money mentioned in the same article!! Now, what does this remind me of - oh yes, wheeled bins, where he told everyone it would become a legal requisite to collect glass kerbside, and this persuaded them to bid for grant money for wheeled bins. Of course, he now admits there will be no such legal requirement!

I am not against wheeled bins per se, neither am I against electric cars, but it does seem that Mr Pumfrey is attracted to a good grant - a bit like reductions in a supermarket - buy on impulse only to find out you didn't need them.

Interesting that we now have over 3,000 surplus wheeled bins and, it seems too many charging points - was there a calculated need for 6? Why not start, with say 2-3?

But hey, MHDC has plenty of money - that's why cllrs. have awarded some of their number such massive allowance rises!

Oh, and I have actually seen the car park full in the past, when there was a good theatre attendance, but that was when I had a residents' permit. Don't buy one now, since they went up by 66.6% - thanks again to Mr Pumfrey! I park on the street instead - well at least until someone decides to double yellow line them.....
Well, well, well, Ivor Pumfrey and Grant money mentioned in the same article!! Now, what does this remind me of - oh yes, wheeled bins, where he told everyone it would become a legal requisite to collect glass kerbside, and this persuaded them to bid for grant money for wheeled bins. Of course, he now admits there will be no such legal requirement! I am not against wheeled bins per se, neither am I against electric cars, but it does seem that Mr Pumfrey is attracted to a good grant - a bit like reductions in a supermarket - buy on impulse only to find out you didn't need them. Interesting that we now have over 3,000 surplus wheeled bins and, it seems too many charging points - was there a calculated need for 6? Why not start, with say 2-3? But hey, MHDC has plenty of money - that's why cllrs. have awarded some of their number such massive allowance rises! Oh, and I have actually seen the car park full in the past, when there was a good theatre attendance, but that was when I had a residents' permit. Don't buy one now, since they went up by 66.6% - thanks again to Mr Pumfrey! I park on the street instead - well at least until someone decides to double yellow line them..... Casmal
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sarah and her chickens says...

Last week this Lib Dem voted yes to the councillor pay rises. The week before that yes to building on a fllood plain. But when it comes to car parking spaces he is dancing in the car parks about it. Got to MHDC and all who sail in her. I did not even know we had electric car charging bays !!
Last week this Lib Dem voted yes to the councillor pay rises. The week before that yes to building on a fllood plain. But when it comes to car parking spaces he is dancing in the car parks about it. Got to MHDC and all who sail in her. I did not even know we had electric car charging bays !! sarah and her chickens
  • Score: 2

8:42pm Sat 1 Mar 14

rod123 says...

I park here once a week every week and have never seen the facility being used.
I park here once a week every week and have never seen the facility being used. rod123
  • Score: 1

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