Hackney Council Electric Vehicle Charging Points
Hackney Council plans to install electric vehicle charging points on every residential street in the borough by 2022.
10:25 23 December 2019
Hackney Council has recently confirmed its ambitious plan of installing electric vehicle charging points on every residential street in the borough by 2022. Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville aims to ensure that at least 80per cent of residents will be within a half a kilometer of a charging point in the same timeframe.
However, councillor Jon Burke (Lab, Woodberry Down), cabinet member for transport, said that the plan was "not good enough."
Burke said: "The current manifesto pledge is basically not fit for purpose within the context of our climate emergency motion.
"I don’t own a car and have never been a driver, but cars are driven for convenience. People don’t drive them so they can drive half a kilometre away, charge their car for a few hours, go home in the meantime, then come back and drive the half kilometre home.
"That doesn’t make sense to me, so I’m not convinced that manifesto pledge, while ambitious at the time, is sufficient to catalyse the transition to electric vehicles that we envisage in the future.
"Notwithstanding the fact that I don’t see electric vehicles as a panacea by any means, I think we need far fewer and far cleaner vehicles on our roads.
"When I took over in July one of the first things I did was begin assessing what I think is necessary and what is possible to deliver within a relatively short time frame."