An electric car charging point outside council offices has been used for just five minutes in seven months.Where else? The home of the Green fruitcakes. But it was, for once, a Conservative-led administration that installed the dratted things!
Critics called the points, which cost up to £18,000 each to install, a “green vanity project” .Of course, they had an excuse for this. Don’t they always?
The local authority said investment in infrastructure was needed to turn people on to electric cars.And by ‘people’ they meant ‘council staff’, of course. Because that’s who it’s built for:
A council spokesman confirmed that the point outside King’s House in Hove was only for its workers but said the authority “isn’t yet using electric vehicles among its fleet” .Well, why not?
A council spokesman said: “Low usage initially is inevitable – you have to first install the charging points before people will buy the vehicles and that’s where we are at present. The charging point at King’s House is there for the same reason – to enable the council to use electric vehicles in future.”It’s YOU who are in charge of buying vehicles for the council, though. It’s YOU who have set up the infrastructure that you are so sure will lead to increased usage of electric cars.
What’s up, can’t persuade your own staff that they are a great idea? If not, how can you hope to convince the public?