Electric car charge station plans ‘not ideal’ for town

Electric car charging
Electric car charging

The proposed location of an electric car charging station at Newton Stewart Library is not the ideal place, says the town’s community council.

One charging point is set to be fitted by Dumfries and Galloway Council at what is now the town’s customer service centre at the library building, but it was felt its location up the hill from the town centre and away from the high street shops may not be suitable for older drivers who will be required to plug the vehicle in and leave it for long periods.

At a meeting of Cree Valley Community Council on Monday, members also agreed to ask for more detail about projected use of electric cars in the next 10 years as one charging station may not be enough to meet demand.

Chairman Tom Greenaway said: “If electric cars are just an oddity, we shouldn’t be giving too much time to this but if hybrid is going to be the way forward then one spot is just not going to be sufficient.”

Discussions over a better location included the Riverside Car Park, which was rejected due to its flood risk, and Aldi or Sainsbury’s supermarket car parks.