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Woodford residents angry about seven new charging points on their road

Angry Woodford residents demanded to know why Redbridge Council was proposing to install several electric vehicle charge points on their road last week.

At Redbridge’s full council meeting on Thursday 25 January, seven Stanley Road residents said that there was a “disproportionate targeting” of new chargers outside their homes.

Redbridge’s public consultation with residents is understood to have involved notices attached to street furniture such as lampposts.

The council says it is planning to install “nearly 500” chargers across the boroughs to ensure every resident is within a three-minute walk of one by 2030.

Responding to repeated questions about why Stanley Road is the only location in the neighbourhood with proposed chargers, cabinet member for environment and sustainability Jo Blackman said roads are selected based on a “number of factors”, including anticipated demand and requests from residents.

She added that there are already charging points on nearby Derby Road, the council is planning charging points “across the borough”, and that locations are chosen “in line” with advice from Transport for London.

When residents repeated the question about why Stanley Road appeared to be targeted, Cllr Blackman said she had already answered the question.

However, outside the meeting, residents told the Local Democracy Reporting Service they “didn’t get an answer” about why one road could see so many chargers.

Addressing concerns about the impact on parking, the cabinet member said there will not be “dedicated EV bays” which would reduce available spaces for residents.

In 2022, the council signed a secretive £1.1million funding deal with taxi company UBER, allowing the company and its drivers to suggest the locations of 174 fast charging points at 87 locations.

In January 2024, the council gave final approval for the first two “tranches” of the charging points.

Details have not yet been released of three more tranches of on-street electric vehicle charging points, separate from the UBER deal, which are due to be approved by Redbridge Council this year.

A spokesperson for Redbridge Council did not respond when asked whether the charging points proposed on Stanley Road are part of the UBER deal.

However, they said: “To date, we have consulted with residents on approximately 250 EV chargers across the borough, to enable local people to charge their electric vehicles more easily.

“The public was asked to submit their requests for EV chargers, which were considered alongside our EV Charging strategy and in consideration of future demand.

“We have consulted local people on these potential locations and are listening to people’s views.

“No decisions have yet been made and all feedback we have received on the proposed placements will be taken into account before final plans are drawn up.”

Click here to access the full Redbridge Council reports: https://moderngov.redbridge.gov.uk/mgListPlanItems.aspx?PlanId=396&RP=808%20

The council has an information page about electric vehicles in the borough: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/roads-and-pavements/electric-vehicles/

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