APPEAL FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES CONTROVERSY

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By Lucy Ashton

If you had an electricity powered vehicles would you know where to go to have it charged up?

West Dunbartonshire residents are being asked to help the Council play its part in sparking an upsurge in electric vehicle use.

Encouraging car owners to ditch the diesel and petrol engines in favour of cleaner transport is a key element of the drive towards our Net Zero target – and a big part of meeting that challenge is expanding the vehicle charging infrastructure.

So to help us develop a strategy that makes it easier for more people to make the switch, we are seeking the views of residents at the following survey https://forms.office.com/e/6QC3DkKMuA

Councillor David McBride, convener of the Council’s Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development Committee (IRED) said: “The quest to reach Net Zero is a cornerstone of the Council’s ambitions for the future and helping car users make the switch to cleaner fuel will take a huge step towards that target.

Labour councillors David McBride and Lawrence O’Neill.

“Whether you already have an electric vehicle or are considering getting one in the future, your input can help us develop our strategy including the location of new charging points.”

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, vice convener of the IRED Committee, added: “Improving the environment is a global responsibility and in West Dunbartonshire we are determined to do our bit to make a difference.

“Putting in place a robust and effective charging infrastructure is a key priority and I’d urge residents to help us meet their needs by engaging in this survey.”

The public consultation, which is open until 31 December, is part of the wider Glasgow City Region project to fund major infrastructure improvements including public transport and connectivity, driving business growth and investment.

The £1.13 billion City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities – West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire.

  • There has been extensive public criticism on social media that West Dunbartonshire Council bought a fleet of electric cars at vast expense which are not being utilised because the council do not have in place the equipment necessary to supply the power required to operate them. The Council however refused to speak to The Democrat to confirm or deny this and has suggested we make all our inquiries through the Freedom of Information channels from which it takes weeks, if not months, to obtain an answer. Essentially this system is a device for public authorities to conceal matters they find embarrassing from  the press and public. Open, honest and transparent, they are not.

One comment

  1. There are proposals in the budget cuts to reduce the number of charging points installed in West Dunbartonshire.

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