East Herts Council to relocate redundant Causeway car park electric vehicle charging points

East Herts Council is to relocate three redundant electric vehicle charging points after closing its Causeway car park in Bishop’s Stortford.

The machines have been taped up and marked as “out of order” since the authority closed the spaces on June 13 to coincide with the opening of its multi-storey car park at Northgate End, which has 54 charging points.

A spokeswoman confirmed: “They will be retained by the council and relocated in due course. We have yet to confirm alternative locations.”

Redundant machines in the now-closed Causeway car park (58361802)

One of the Causeway charging points was reserved for use by the council’s Europcar’s E-Car club vehicles.

East Herts set up the club three years ago with funding from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

The scheme proved popular with authority staff, but Covid-19 guidelines required a ban on external hires by members of the public for much of the pilot.

Northgate End multi-storey car park (58361811)
Northgate End multi-storey car park (58361811)

After the coronavirus rules were relaxed, there were an average of 10 bookings a month and in April the council cut the number of vehicles from five to two to save money.

However, the project was wound up when the council calculated it would cost £42,000 a year to continue running once the Defra money ended.

The spokeswoman said: “The council’s e-car club was externally funded by Defra. This funding has come to an end and the cars have all been returned.

“We are about to replace our diesel vans with e-vehicles, which will have some car-club availability for council officers. We are exploring opportunities for a [public] e-car club, whether with our e-vehicles or externally provided.”


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