There has been some debate about installing EV charging points in the Moorlands but not apparently much action. However, the climate clock is ticking and we hope that you can help us put pressure on SMDC to implement what should after all be an easy hit. As you can see in the Pressure on Politicians article above, we’ve introduced a new feature to the newsletter to encourage our supporters to write to local politicians on pressing matters relating to the climate crisis. As outlined in that article, it’s well understood that writing to your political representative can have an impact, especially if they receive a lot of messages on the same topic and the writers are not perceived to be political activists. Please read it if you would like to participate. We provide a sample letter and bullet points here.

Sample Letter  -  You can use this letter if you don't have time to write your own

At the end of the last year the government announced that no new petrol or diesel cars will be sold in the UK from 2030. That’s just nine years from now.
I am writing to ask you to help us in pressing for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to prepare for this shift by incorporating the provision of electric charging points in its future strategy. This does not need to be complex or expensive and Government grants are available.

Planning requirements can be altered to include the requirement for EV charging points in commercial and residential developments over a certain size. SMDC could provide charging points on its own estate. Other incentives could be offered.

Not only would this help SMDC achieve its own commitment to making the district Carbon Zero by 2030; it would ensure that residents of the Moorlands were not left behind in this inevitable switch to electric. As you know, the nature of the Moorlands leaves its inhabitants heavily dependent upon private car use.
Planning for the switch now must make sense.

 

Bullet Points - Alternatively, you can take some of these bullet points to integrate into your own letter

1. I am writing to ask you to help Moorlands Climate Action persuade Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to include the provision of electric charging points in its future strategy.

2. In nine years’ time it will be illegal to sell new petrol or diesel cars and leisure travel and travel between towns will be dependent on a weak public transport infrastructure or electric cars.

3. Not all homes have off-road parking for easy charging and motorists on longer journeys will need places to recharge during their journeys.

4. This does not need to be complex or expensive and Government grants are available.

5. Planning requirements can be altered to include the requirement for EV charging points in commercial and residential developments over a certain size.

6. SMDC could provide charging points on its own estate.

7. Other incentives could be offered…….

8. Not only would EV charging points help SMDC achieve its own commitment to making the district Carbon Zero by 2030; it would ensure that residents of the Moorlands were not left behind in this inevitable switch to electric.

9. As you know, the nature of the Moorlands leaves its inhabitants heavily dependent upon private car use.

10. Planning for the switch now must make sense.

 

For general guidelines on writing to your councillors see the website Write to Them. They can also help you identify your own local councillors. The SMDC website is useful for more up-to-date local information on sitting councillors.