THE ESB will be asked to contribute over €1,000 per year if plug-in points for electric cars are introduced in Sligo.
Members of Sligo Borough Council heard an Engineer's Report last night (Monday) recommend points be set up at Abbey Street, Pearse Road and Union Place.
The estimated lost revenue would be an estimated €2,088 per year, members were told in a Report from Senior Executive Engineer, Brian Flynn.
Cllr Veronica Cawley raised the issue of lost car parking revenue and added as far as she knew the ESB was not a charitable organisation.
She proposed that the ESB therefore be asked to contribute €1,000 per annum in respect of Abbey Street and €100 per year for the other locations.
Cllr Marcella McGarry seconded.
Acting Director of Services Paula Gallagher said it would be ''very much in our interest'' to introduce the spots.
Cllr Sean MacManus: ''I totally agree with the Director of Services. There is a total awareness now and as time goes by we are going to see more.''
His Sinn Fein colleague Arthur Gibbons was less sure: ''I wouldn't like to see us rushing into this.''
He recalled how the Council had rushed into the issue of electric bicycles, had their photo taken with them ''and they were never seen or heard of again.
''I don't want this to be a harebrained idea. We spent numerous meetings discussing it, money was spent and nothing ever came of it.''
Mayor David Cawley said they should adopt the Report and review it in two to three years.
Cllr Jude Devins queried what the Council would do if the ESB said 'No.'
Paula Gallagher, Acting Director of Services, said she would advise members when a response had been received.
The last word went to Cllr Arthur Gibbons who said the electric bikes could be used by staff going over and back to the County Council offices!Always be first with Sligo news - Never miss a story - Join us on Facebook