Wasting money on power points

York Press: Coun Dave Merrett at the new electric car charging point in Nunnery Lane car park Coun Dave Merrett at the new electric car charging point in Nunnery Lane car park

Green sky thinking gone mad. Six charging points across the city for electric cars (The Press, February 17) were used fewer than 60 times in a full year.

Why doesn’t City of York Council react to demand rather than wasting money trying to create demand that nobody wants? How much has this ideologically driven scheme cost so far?

Sixty fill-ups in a year could be just one electric car owner with his own filling stations at his disposal.

If transport cabinet member Dave Merrett had been around when the first cars were invented, he would have been calling for a motorway network to be built immediately to satisfy his projected use of this new wonder machine.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington.

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1:15pm Mon 24 Feb 14

rking1977 says...

York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.
York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't. rking1977
  • Score: -21

2:25pm Mon 24 Feb 14

wildthing666 says...

rking1977 wrote:
York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.
Councillor Merrit has been around for over 30 years I had a run in with him in 1983
[quote][p][bold]rking1977[/bold] wrote: York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.[/p][/quote]Councillor Merrit has been around for over 30 years I had a run in with him in 1983 wildthing666
  • Score: -21

2:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

I believe these charging stations cost us £60,000 and 60 Hrs use in a year is a very poor return.
All this while the local roads are in a dreadful state.
Get real Mr Merrett
I believe these charging stations cost us £60,000 and 60 Hrs use in a year is a very poor return. All this while the local roads are in a dreadful state. Get real Mr Merrett ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -16

2:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

60 times in a whole year.....

Maybe Mr Robb should check back after 60 years and see how many times they have been used?
60 times in a whole year..... Maybe Mr Robb should check back after 60 years and see how many times they have been used? The Great Buda
  • Score: 18

3:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Badgers Drift says...

The photo of Merrett in Nunnery Lane is ironic. That road now suffers a massive traffic pollution increase owing to his Lendal Bridge closure. This man's policies are a disaster for York
The photo of Merrett in Nunnery Lane is ironic. That road now suffers a massive traffic pollution increase owing to his Lendal Bridge closure. This man's policies are a disaster for York Badgers Drift
  • Score: -10

5:11pm Mon 24 Feb 14

greenmonkey says...

rking1977 wrote:
York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.
The A64 is Highways Agency responsibility. I would rather see potholes filled, and haulage companies fined for allowing packaging to blow off their vehicles. An annual clean up of the verges would be a good idea, perhaps just BEFORE cutting the grass!
[quote][p][bold]rking1977[/bold] wrote: York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.[/p][/quote]The A64 is Highways Agency responsibility. I would rather see potholes filled, and haulage companies fined for allowing packaging to blow off their vehicles. An annual clean up of the verges would be a good idea, perhaps just BEFORE cutting the grass! greenmonkey
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Andy D, (GM) don't forget to reply to Friday' s thread, 'Green Alternative.'
Andy D, (GM) don't forget to reply to Friday' s thread, 'Green Alternative.' ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -25

7:08pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

rking1977 wrote:
York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.
This has nothing to do with the subject of the letter. Focus your mind.
[quote][p][bold]rking1977[/bold] wrote: York's roads would be much greener if the council cleared the appalling amount of litter along its A-roads and country lanes. The A64, A59, A19 and other rural trunk roads resemble a linear rubbish tip. Keeping roadsides clean is one of the council's statutory requirements. Providing ideological green travel solutions for a handful of residents isn't.[/p][/quote]This has nothing to do with the subject of the letter. Focus your mind. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 26

8:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Can the power points be used to charge electric bikes as well.............?
Can the power points be used to charge electric bikes as well.............? pedalling paul
  • Score: 19

9:26pm Mon 24 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

The Great Buda wrote:
60 times in a whole year.....

Maybe Mr Robb should check back after 60 years and see how many times they have been used?
Well quite. There were doubtless Mr Robb's about when the internet was in its infancy - 'all that for a bunch of students to talk to each other - bah, whinge, bah, whinge.
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: 60 times in a whole year..... Maybe Mr Robb should check back after 60 years and see how many times they have been used?[/p][/quote]Well quite. There were doubtless Mr Robb's about when the internet was in its infancy - 'all that for a bunch of students to talk to each other - bah, whinge, bah, whinge. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 23

12:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Maybe its another move by semelyn and her 20's plenty mentalists... encourage more eco-boxes into the city, and because they go slow it'll force people to go at 20mph or less!
Maybe its another move by semelyn and her 20's plenty mentalists... encourage more eco-boxes into the city, and because they go slow it'll force people to go at 20mph or less! Magicman!
  • Score: 6

10:27am Tue 25 Feb 14

zorpie says...

Maybe Cllr Merrett should learn to drive before he can have a say on transport policy.
Maybe Cllr Merrett should learn to drive before he can have a say on transport policy. zorpie
  • Score: 7

10:35pm Wed 26 Feb 14

AnotherPointofView says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Can the power points be used to charge electric bikes as well.............?
Park your bike next to one and I'll wire it up to your seat for you.....
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Can the power points be used to charge electric bikes as well.............?[/p][/quote]Park your bike next to one and I'll wire it up to your seat for you..... AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 2

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