Property expert hits back following criticism over green campaigns

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Bristol commercial property consultants Bruton Knowles have leapt to the defence of Mayor George Ferguson’s green transport campaign following recent criticism of his £1m programme to install electric car charging points around the city.

Head of Agency Paul Williams said critics of the programme – which aims to provide a network of 200 plus charging points in and around Bristol – had failed to factor in future demand.

He comments: “For once, Bristol is ensuring the infrastructure is there to serve future usage levels rather than trying to identify locations once green travel has really taken off.

“Although we have not always seen eye to eye with Bristol’s Mayor on traffic and particularly parking issues, this is one occasion when we believe the city is getting it right. We must have the carrot before the stick.”

He went on: “Demand for electric car charging points may not be sky high at the moment, but it will increase over time as more motorists switch over to electric or hybrid vehicles.

“As a nation we are some way behind other countries in this regard; in Estonia for example there are fast public charging points on main roads an average of only 37 miles apart.

“An established and recognisable infrastructure is vital to the development of the hybrid market – as without a widespread and accessible network of charging points motorists will remain reluctant to commit to greener vehicles.”

Paul Williams concluded: “Critics have labelled the electric car charging point programme as another one of George Ferguson’s vanity projects but we believe this scheme is essential if electric cars are to become a regular sight on city streets, and we applaud his vision in driving such measures through.”