Council Should Encourage More Electric Vehicles Says Report

hugh town bordeaux shop 3The Council should try to encourage more residents to switch to electric vehicles.

That’s one of the radical proposals presented in the islands’ economic strategy, produced by consultants Ash Futures.

The report says the short travel distances in Scilly are a chance to ‘de-carbonise’ transport.

They suggest the authority should install public electric charging points to encourage the move to cleaner technologies.

Earlier this year in his first public meeting, new Chief Executive Theo Leisjer said he’d “absolutely love” to ban cars from St Mary’s, allowing only some electric vehicles, as well as taxis, buses and emergency vehicles.

He said that had happened in the Friesian Islands, off the north coast of his native Netherlands, with people using bikes and sharing electric charging points.

The feasibility of using electric vehicles for commercial purposes has already been tested in Scilly, with an electric van, part-funded by a LAG grant, being operated by Island Carriers, as well as the electric Buzza Bus service.

Other measures to improve roads for pedestrians and cyclists have also been proposed.

These include traffic calming and wider footpaths, new cycle routes and enforcing parking restrictions in Hugh Street.

The report also suggests identifying alternative locations for parking in Hugh Town.

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