Drive on through to Electric Avenue

The electric charging point on Shore, Arbroath.
The electric charging point on Shore, Arbroath.

An Arbroath hotelier is questioning the cost and necessity of turning historic harbourside area in an electric avenue.

Bill Adam, proprietor of Harbour Nights Guest House at Shore, contacted the Arbroath Herald this week to voice his concerns over the installation of an electric car charging point in the Angus Council parking area by the marina.

Mr Adam said: “Down by the harbour the powers that be have decided to install an electric charger. I believe there’s only three electric cars in the whole of Angus and only about 20 in the whole of Scotland.

“It’s sheer folly and it beggars belief. Goodness knows how much it cost to put in.”

Angus Council were approached for a comment but had not replied by the time of going to print.

In February the Scottish Government announced a scheme to install charging points at leisure centres, council car parks, ferry terminals and at various points along the Scottish road network to ensure that the drivers of electric cars are never more than 50 miles from a charging point.

The government’s transport agency, Transport Scotland and the Department for Transport’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles are funding the £2.6 million scheme which is part of the push to ‘decarbonise’ road transport by 2050.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The charge points were installed by the council with a grant from the Scottish Government and are part of a nationwide network. Residents and businesses will be encouraged to buy an electric vehicle if they know that a charge point network is in place.”