Environment bosses are red in the face after a new motoring scheme that cost £100,000 only drew the interest of one motorist. The initiative led to the placement of 12 car charging points throughout Haringey over 2009 and only resulted in one driver buying a membership for £50.
Even if the plan has not been embraced, Transport for London has chosen to pledge another £30,000 into the project for the coming year in the hopes that electric car use will rise across the country.
The Haringey Council stated that it was disappointed by the poor response to the initiative, but is hopeful and confident that once more electric cars hit the market the demand for the project will increase.
Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for the environment, Councillor Lyn Weber, stated that the simple fact that only one person has purchased a membership to the electronic car system is disappointing but the overall result of the Council and TFL’s failure to reach out to residents before the scheme was put into place.
The scheme was designed with the aim of encouraging local residents to purchase fuel efficient cars instead the traditional alternative. Eight charging points were set up Wood Green, two in Muswell Hill, and two more in Tottenham.
The new instalment into the scheme will see eight more bays added to car parks in the Crouch End area and a few other chosen areas.
The TFL is responsible for funding the scheme and a spokesman for the Haringey Council stated that with the entrance of new electric cars into the auto market the potential for the scheme will continue to grow.