Plans to install two free electric car charging points in a Preston carpark have come under question by a city councillor.
Preston Council proposes to convert two premium spaces on the ground floor of Avenham car park to spaces for electric vehicles only, with the requisite charging points.
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?”
Coun Boswell 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.”
The full cost of the project is £6,000, made up of a £5,000 grant from Lancashire County Council, with Preston Council meeting the shortfall.
If passed, the points, which take up to four hours to fully charge a car, will be installed by the end of the month.
Only St George’s Shopping Centre currently offers electric car charging points in the city centre, where there are two parking bays.