Friday, July 28, 2017
BRIGG CARS POWERED BY ELECTRICITY - WHAT OUR TOWN NEEDS
BY BRIGG RESIDENT KEN HARRISON
With the proposed phasing-out of new, solely petrol and diesel cars by 2040, within a generation, there will be a need for re-thinking and addressing the domestic needs of both car-parking facilities and associated electrical power points on both new and proposed extensions to housing projects.
Cars are not going to disappear from our roads.
The revolution In car technology is evolving In two parallel lines....GPS-guided vehicles and independently electrically powered cars.
Town planners need to be proactive now and recognise that in the not-too-distant future the demands exerted by these systems.
Locally, for example, while residents of St Clare's Walk could take their cars and plug in on their driveways, what facilities will be available in other major zones in Brigg, i.e. Grammar School Rd, the residents in the town centre, and so on?
Apart from the 'Six O'clock Consumer Demand', when residents re-charge their vehicles after work and nationally, the foreseen surge will have to be resolved before 2040, North Lincs needs to very seriously consider the how/where power points are located to serve adequately and sufficiently serve the community.
It is unrealistics to assume that car drivers will accept the notion of centralising such power points in specific locations; waiting/queueing for 2 plus hours before travelling home.
There is going to be a massive demand for home-based power points.....but one cannot accept cables snaking across pathways in front of Brigg's Victorian terraced housing.
Indeed, there may be a need to nationally consider making the area in front of certain housing private to the nearby householder.....it would be ironic if one access to a power-point was restricted by someone else's car.
Now is the time to make plans for the future...the street-landscape and demands will revolutionally change.....and North Lincs could be in the forefront with some creative and futuralistic thinking.
Our picture shows a charging point for vehicles made available by North Lincolnshire Council in the Angel car park.