Car charging points will help hit zero carbon target

July 24 2020
Car charging points will help hit zero carbon target

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

AS a community we should be immensely proud of the sacrifices that have been made by local people.

After months of lockdown, our economy is reopening for business, and we have put in place new health protections and improvements needed as we all stay vigilant to help prevent a new coronavirus outbreak.

This means that, as we begin to rebuild and recover from the pandemic, we can start to work on improvements needed in our community, such as upgrading the number of electric vehicle charging points available.

I am therefore delighted to inform you that, following our hard-fought campaign, South Gloucestershire Council have confirmed they will be installing rapid and fast electric car charging points in Frampton Cotterell, Thornbury and Yate.

Installation of the first batch of these charging points has already begun and the full total of 14 will be operational by the end of March 2021.

This will mean that residents in the neighbouring villages and hamlets will be able to access a car charging point near their home. This is, however, only the first phase of the council’s roll-out of EV charging points, with future plans for a number more in towns such as Marshfield.

We all know that electric vehicles emit a fraction of the emissions compared with petrol and diesel vehicles, but many motorists understandably feel that there are simply not enough electric car charging points in our area at the moment to be able to make the switch.

These charging points will help to give residents and businesses the confidence to invest in electric vehicles, improving the air quality along busy local roads with high congestion, such as Badminton Road.

Electric vehicles will also play a crucial role in helping the UK to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

As we have brought forward the date from which no new petrol or diesel cars will be allowed to be sold in the UK to 2035, the importance of ensuring that South Gloucestershire has the necessary infrastructure for electric car users has never been greater.

This has been a key pledge in my Positive Plan for Protecting Greenspaces and the Environment, alongside protecting our green spaces and fighting poorly planned housing development.

I am delighted that we have seen success for this campaign, and I will continue to press for more readily available electric vehicle charging points in our community.

If anyone has any questions about this, please do not hesitate to drop me an email at luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.