A city centre car park is going green - by installing two free electric car charging points.
The charging points will be installed into two bays before the end of the month. They are the first ones in a Preston Council-owned car park.
The council is going to convert two premium spaces on the ground floor of Avenham car park to spaces for electric vehicles only, with the requisite charging points.
The parking bays will be brightly coloured to stand out and will be clearly signed with a graphic information panel explaining the charging system.
Avenham car park currently receives around 400 visitors each day during the working week and it is proposed to allow customers to park at the current displayed tariffs and recharge their vehicles for free,
Only St George’s Shopping Centre - which is privately owned - currently offers electric car charging points in the city centre, where there are two parking bays.
Avenham car park has also retained its police-approved Safer Parking Award ‘Park Mark’ for 2013, the sixth time in succession that the car park has been given the award.
The ‘Park Mark Award’ is a national standard awarded by the British Parking Association; it is supported by the Home Office and all Police Forces in Britain. It recognises organisations that tackle crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour in their car parks.
Recently, measures were introduced to make this car park as secure as possible; theseinclude: CCTV cameras, frequent security patrols, extra lighting, secure barrier payment system and a number of security measures to prevent people entering the building when it is closed.
Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, said: “Combining the award with the installation of the electric car charging points, meets the changing demands of our customers and recognises the councils commitment to making Preston a greener and cleaner place.
“The council is willing to invest in this facility for the people of Preston, both now and in the future.”
Lancashire County Council has provided £5,000 for the project and Preston Council will pay the rest.