Portsmouth City Council has initiated a parking strategy and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure strategy to gather feedback on proposed measures. The aim of these strategies is to review parking in the city center and district centers, encouraging sustainable and alternative travel options whenever possible. The council recognizes that this may result in people using their cars less frequently and thus needing access to nearby parking spaces. This initiative hopes to enhance the quality of life for residents and facilitate city regeneration.
The EV infrastructure strategy will focus on improving charging infrastructure for residents, visitors, and workers in Portsmouth. It will also consider expanding the council’s off-street electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as transitioning the council vehicle fleet to EVs. Presently, there are approximately 100 charging points in residential areas, with numerous potential sites under evaluation. Additionally, public charging points are available at places like Gunwharf, Ocean Retail Park, and the park and ride facility.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet member for transport, has emphasized the importance of developing a strategy that caters to the needs of all stakeholders. He encourages residents, businesses, and visitors to provide their feedback through the surveys to shape the future of parking and promote electric vehicles in Portsmouth.
The council was awarded a £3.6 million grant from the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) earlier this year. The results of the consultation will be presented at a transport decision meeting later in the year. Furthermore, residents have the opportunity to voice their opinions at scheduled events in locations such as North End Library, Cosham Library, and Commercial Road.
Overall, this initiative by Portsmouth City Council seeks to improve parking conditions and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in order to achieve greener, cleaner, and more connected journeys in the city.
– Portsmouth City Council
– Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Grant