Changing the way we travel is essential to our health and reaching our target to reduce emissions to almost zero by 2030 to tackle climate change. Nationally, around 40,000 people die each year from breathing in air pollution, and each year our homes and livelihoods are affected by more extreme weather.
The majority of emissions in North Kesteven come from transport. Transport emissions are well over a third of the total emissions in North Kesteven. After reducing significantly they are now higher than in 2005 when emissions records began. Tackling these emissions is essential for a prosperous district.
District wide transport options
Whilst transport is primarily the responsibility of Lincolnshire County Council, NKDC still has various ways in which it can seek to influence the travel options available to its residents. The Transport section in our Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan details what we are committed to delivering on this agenda. This includes implementing the Lincoln and Sleaford Transport Action Plans, which will be funded by Lincolnshire County Council and by new developments through what are known as section 106 agreements between North Kesteven District Council and developers.
Electric and low emissions vehicles
Funding for home electric vehicle charging points
The government recognises the majority of charging is done at home and provides a 75% grant towards the cost of an approved installer installing a charging point at the home of someone who owns an eligible new or used car or motorbike through Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. See full details and eligibility criteria on the government’s gov.uk site.
Public charging points
There are a variety of options to find public charging points, from sat navs in electric vehicles to publicly available apps from app stores. North Kesteven and Lincolnshire in general has very few public charging points, but this should not put you off electric vehicles, most people only need a charging point at home and rapid charging points are available on most major roads.
NKDC has reviewed all the publicly accessible sites it owns and has installed charging points where it was possible, affordable, and most convenient for electric vehicle drivers. Four fast 7kW charging points were installed at OneNK leisure centre on Moor Lane in North Hykeham in March 2018 at a cost of £4,445 (for installation, signage, and bay markings) using only council funds.
On-street charging points
Only partial funding is available to NKDC as a local authority, making it very expensive for local authorities to install on-street charging points, and even harder to decide which residents should benefit. To date the council has not installed any on-street charging points within the district, but will consider opportunities if they arise, particularly on our own developments.
NKDC’s future plans
For our current commitments see the Transport section in our Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan. Actions include the intention to promote an increase in charging points throughout the district by promoting the central government grants available and exploring policies that promote domestic charging installation within new developments.
NKDC supports the increased use of low emissions vehicles. It is essential that charging points are carefully located where electric vehicle drivers need them and that the charging speed is correct for the location. The majority of charging is done using people’s own charging points at home (e.g. where it is cheapest and overnight), and, for long journeys, via rapid charging points on main roads owned by a few large companies (e.g. Ecotricty, and Tesla) who are much better placed to install. Charging points, along with signage and bay markings are expensive to install (£2,000-3000 for fast chargers, £15,000+ for rapid), there is limited central government funding to support local authorities, and NKDC owns a limited number of sites, transport is also not a primary function for district authorities. We are therefore not in a position to roll out a local network of public charging points, but are instead committed to using our role and resources in other ways to support our residents and businesses to a wide variety of travel options.