Electric civic car could be used by Lichfield District Council in future, says leader

Civic leaders could use an electric or hybrid car in future.

An electric car charging point. Pic: Håkan Dahlström

An electric car charging point. Pic: Håkan Dahlström

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a lower spec vehicle to transport the chairman and vice-chairman to events.

The chauffeur-driven Jaguar is set to replaced by a Ford Mondeo as part of a move to cut the cost of the civic budget.

But Cllr Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, said he hoped a greener mode of transport could be sought in future.

“In our strategic plan we talk about creating a greener and healthier place to live for residents, so changing the vehicle would be a good way to lead by example,” he said.

“We will look in future at whether there is an option within our leasing agreement for an electric or a hybrid vehicle.”

Cllr Wilcox also revealed that the civic review would be revisited in a year to see how further savings or changes could be implemented.

The current proposals would see the £60,000 budget cut by £7,835.

The plans were welcomed by his Conservative Cabinet member Cllr Helen Fisher who said modernisation was needed.

“It feels like we have been talking about the civic budget forever,” she said. “I’m glad we finally have some action and I welcome the decision to try to modernise the function and fully support the proposals put forward.

“The savings are not fantastic, but they are savings nonetheless.

“It was never going to be possible to modernise everything in one step but this is a step in the right direction and I’m glad it will be revisited in 12 months.”

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4 Comments

  1. Jennie

    6th April, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Ground breaking news “the savings are not fantastic”. Who would have thought that!

  2. Nomad

    6th April, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I knew they’d like the idea of a,Sinclair C5.

  3. Darryl

    8th April, 2016 at 10:17 am

    “But Cllr Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, said he hoped a greener mode of transport could be sought in future.”

    Why not now? I guess bureaucracy doesn’t just happen, you have to work at it.

  4. Thornton

    8th April, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Electric cars are very expensive at the monent.

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