Decision details

Park and Charge Update Report

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider amendments to the previously agreed Heads of Terms


The Assistant Director Environmental Services submitted an exempt report, which, following the recommendations approved by the Chief Executive using urgent action on 6 April 2020, and subsequently endorsed by Executive, updated Executive of progress with the park and charge project and sought approval for changes to the original approved Heads of Terms (HoT’s) approved following progression of commercial negotiations with project partners.




(1)           That the progress made be noted.


(2)           That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director Environmental Services in consultation with Assistant Director: Property, Investment and Contract Management, Director: Law and Governance and the Lead Member for Clean and Green, to conclude legal agreements with the proposed Charge Point Operator and utility companies providing electricity to charge points based in principle on the revised Heads of Terms (HoTs) set out in the exempt annex to the Minutes (as set out in the Minute Book).


(3)           As set out in the exempt minutes.




The Park and Charge project offers the council an investment via private capital to develop needed EV charging infrastructure within our car parks for predominantly residents who have no off road parking, but also for visitors and commuters. Additionally the council is receiving a revenue contribution to fund these commercial negotiations, and involvement in a countywide EV communication and education package for residents. 


Alternative options


Option 1: Do Nothing

The Council could seek to close negotiations and not pursue this opportunity. If the Council was to install EV charging in the car parks, alternative conditions are unlikely to be as favourable in terms of the length or terms of the contracts.


Option 2: Reject the proposals and seek to renegotiate conditions

The Covid-19 impact upon the timescales of the project have resulted in a challenged schedule in order to meet the required progress from the funder Innovate UK. As a result if the recommendations are not approved there is a risk that the pilot car park installation and project progression will not happen to the funders satisfaction and subsequently the project could collapse.


Reason Key: Significant Expenditure or Savings and effect on communities in two or more wards;

Corporate Priorities : Leading on environmental sustainability;

Reason No Public Access: Exempt appendix - by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Contact: Sam Thomas, Sustainability Project Officer Email: Tel: 01295 221964.

Report author: Sam Thomas

Publication date: 03/11/2020

Date of decision: 02/11/2020

Decided at meeting: 02/11/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 07/11/2020

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