The Preston (UK) city council is not keen on the city getting even two more charging stations at this point in time.
Somewhere Else in Preston
While plans call for the install of 2 free charging station in a parking structure in Preston, those units may not be installed due to some council members going on the offensive.
As the Lancashire Evening Post reports:
"At a full council meeting on Thursday, Conservative Councillor Dave Hammond asked Labour Councillor Robert Boswell: They’ve done this down south and in a year, it’s only been used twice at a cost of £2,400 a charge. Do you envisage this happening in Preston?"
To which Boswell reportedly replied:
"They are to encourage green vehicles into Preston and we will monitor them to see how affective they are. We are committed to making Preston a greener place."
At present, Preston is home to only 2 charging stations, so at least 2 more would seem necessary to us.
What's odd here is that the install of the 2 chargers in question is almost fully funded by the Lancashire County Council. The city of Preston will only have to pay $1,546, with the county paying $7,731. So, why do Preston city council members object when it's going to cost the city next to nothing? Who knows...however this is not the first time we've heard of this sort of outrage over chargers in the UK.
Source: Lancashire Evening Post