Nick Boyle explained that a number of significant parking projects been delivered recently and further improvements were planned for 2017-18.
150 on street electric vehicle charging points had been introduced and every home in Hammersmith and Fulham would be within 400m of their nearest charging point. There were plans for rapid charging points and the installation of trickle charge points in lamp columns was being planned.
The Council had supported the expansion of car clubs in the borough, including getting free membership for all residents of the Bluecity electric vehicle car club.
Pay by phone had been introduced and the borough wide roll out was nearly complete. New parking ticket machines would be installed over the coming months and these would allow residents to pay by card at the machine, as well as accommodating the new £1 coin.
The programme of review for controlled parking zones would carry on to ensure that zones continued to meet the needs of residents. Each zone had now been reviewed three or four times since it was introduced and so there were rarely any changes needed. There would need to be further reviews around the Chelsea FC stadium as that was redeveloped.
Councillor Harcourt said that providing good electric vehicle charging facilities was an important part of the Council’s plan to improve air quality. He explained that rapid charging points would be very important in the future, especially for taxis and commercial vehicles, whilst lamp column charging points would be great for residents who wanted to charge their vehicles overnight.
Councillor Hamilton asked whether the street lighting network had sufficient capacity to charge electric vehicles. Nick Boyle explained that UK Power Networks had confirmed that the network would be able to cope with significant numbers of electric vehicles being charged across the borough. Trials were already taking place in Hounslow and in Kensington and Chelsea. The Council was starting to identify where there was demand for the installation of lamp column charging equipment.
The Chair asked whether residents were being told of the improvements which were planned. Nick Boyle said that they were and Councillor Harcourt added that good early communications were important as they might encourage people to swap for an electric vehicle. The Chair asked whether data on usage of charging points and electric vehicle ownership was being collected to use when lobbying government. Nick Boyle said that a range of data was being collected to help persuade government of the value of electric charging points.
The Chair asked when the pay by phone roll out would be completed. Christiaan Uys explained that there were three zones left to complete, which would be finished in the coming weeks. The programme had been delayed slightly because of problems with the signage contractor failing to complete the necessary works however the programme had only slipped by a short period of time. The Chair asked how popular pay by phone had been where it had been rolled out. Christiaan Uys said that about two-thirds of those parking now used pay by phone. This would increase further once visitor permit parking could be added to the system. Councillor Harcourt said that pay by phone was very convenient and he was pleased that it was now available to residents.
Councillor Cassidy asked then the reconsultation of part of Zone T would take place. Nick Boyle explained that the consultation would start in late Summer or Autumn.