The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder presented the report. South Lakeland District Council had, in October 2019, agreed to be part of the Innovate UK fully-funded project that would see EV charging points installed across the Council’s car parks, namely:-
· Kendal, South Lakeland House
· Kendal, Peppercorn Lane
· Kendal Stricklandgate House
· Grange over Sands, Kents Bank Road
· Ulverston, Buxton Place
· Ulverston, Daltongate
· Bowness, Rayrigg Road
· Windermere, Broad Street
· Ambleside, King Street
· Grasmere, Red Bank Road
This would provide a number of benefits to the Council: the District would benefit from the installation of EV charging points at a number of locations; the research obtained through this project could be used in considering future support for EV Charging infrastructure with the District; and this provided opportunity to work collaboratively with public bodies, charities, private businesses and residents to research the use of electric vehicles.
As set out within the report, approval was now being sought to award the contract for groundworks installation following competitive tender and for the order to be placed with Electricity Northwest Ltd (ENWL) who were the statutory undertakers for this area to install the necessary supply to the proposed charging points.
The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder thanked officers for pursuing the project during difficult times.
Note – A tender analysis report regarding the contract award for the scaling on street charging infrastructure was included as Appendix 1 to the report in Part ll of the Agenda and, in addition, details relating to Electricity Northwest Ltd Quotations were included as Appendix 2 to the report in Part II of the Agenda, which were excluded from inspection by members of the public in accordance with Section 100 (B) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, and, in all the circumstances of the case, it was considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing it. Copies of the documents were excluded, as they contained information as described in Schedule 12A of the Act as follows:-
- Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information). (Paragraph 3)
Attention was drawn to the potential impact on parking fees and electricity in future years as more electric vehicles came into use. The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder agreed with a suggestion for the need for future-proofing of the groundworks to enable more points to be added in the future as more people became able to afford electric vehicles. The Director of Customer and Commercial Services explained that part of the process was for ENWL to carry out appropriate installation of an electric supply to the charging points and he hoped that this installation would be future-proofed.
RESOLVED – That
(1) approval be given for the project to proceed to contract award for the groundworks contract following competitive tender as noted in the Part II Appendix 1 to the report and for the order to be placed with Electricity Northwest Ltd for the value of the installation of the power to proposed units as per the cost as shown in the Part II Appendix 2 to the report;
(2) the Director of Customer and Commercial Services be delegated authority, in conjunction with the Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Democracy, to enter into lease agreements and such other agreements as may be required for the installation and maintenance of the equipment installed; and
(3) the Director of Customer and Commercial Services be delegated authority, in conjunction with the Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Democracy and Lead Specialist for Finance, to enter into any necessary funding agreements for the grant funding.
Reasons for Decision
To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan priority of Climate Emergency:-
- develop plans and support projects with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and the impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities
- encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action
- tackling Climate change by exploring options associated with EV charging points for households with no facility to charge their vehicles and by encouraging behaviour change to promote the uptake of electric vehicles
- promoting the uptake of Electric vehicles to reduce pollution emissions from combustion engines.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
South Lakeland District Council to not participate further in this project. This may result in a missed opportunity to both research the demand and installation of charge points locally, and also to actually install some EV charge points at a small number of locations within the District. The Council has also declared a Climate Emergency and this scheme will contribute towards the targets set out by the Council.