Ashfield car park gets powered up

Barry White

Electrical vehicle rapid charging points are now operating in Settle’s Ashfield Car Park. They were installed by Craven District Council and after some delays, down to technical reasons, one unit came operational this week. They should prove a great boost for local tourism. Until now Settle’s nearest electrical vehicle charging point was the Genie Point Charging Station at The Courtyard on the A65 (BD24 9JY).

Meanwhile the government has announced plans to increase the number of electrical vehicle charging points to 300,000 by 2030. The UK currently has 30,000 public electric vehicle charging points (more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60863974.)

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Green Café meeting discusses cutting carbon use

Barry White

Reducing our carbon dependency was discussed at our well-attended Green Café meeting on Saturday 12 March in Settle’s Victoria Hall. With the main focus on energy and transport there were a range of stalls and displays from groups including Settle Town and Craven District Councils, Settle  Hydro, Settle Pool, St John’s Methodist Church Eco Group, Friends of Settle Carlisle Railway, Northern Rail and Dales Bus.

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County Council’s bus plans weak on improvements in Craven

Barry White

Criticisms are mounting in the district over proposals put forward by North Yorkshire County Council for improvements to bus services in the County. Speaking at a virtual Zero Carbon Craven meeting yesterday afternoon organised by Hubbub, an environmental charity working with the district council, Paul Cochrane, who set up ACE’s recent transport and energy survey, urged people to make their concerns known to the county council. The county is currently consulting on its proposals for improvement to bus services, which, if supported by government funding, could start in April. The consultation closes on 7 February.

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