A new major electric bike scheme set to begin soon in Dundee has had to withdraw a planning application for a charging station because it would have been placed on the same site as a BrewDog outdoor seating area.
Ride-On intend to introduce a fleet of 350 electric bikes as part of a public bike sharing scheme, and part of this will include a number of charging points throughout the city. The problem charging point was the proposed one in Panmure Street, which BrewDog Dundee discovered would be placed right on their outdoor seating area.
BrewDog started a petition to have the charging point moved last month, and were keen to stress they were in favour of the scheme but simply wanted the location to be elsewhere. The petition said: "Our city centre bar has a growing community of loyal regulars and fans who enjoy basking in our fantastic city centre garden which boasts glorious views of the Mcmanus Galleries. This proposed new electric bike rack location would eliminate our whole outside area and deprive the city centre of this excellent seating area!
"We propose Dundee city council consider a change in location more central!"
The petition got 657 signatures, and eventually this was enough for the planning application to be officially rescinded. Urban Foresight, who are working with Ride-On to bring the bike-sharing scheme to Dundee, said that the charging location was never intended to clash with seats outside the BrewDog pub, report The Courier.
Dundee-based Urban Foresight, which is working with Ride-On to bring the bikes to the city, issued a swift assurance that the charging hub was never intended to clash with the seats.
Ride-On's manager Steve Pyer said a docking point on or around Panmure Street was still planned, but would have to be placed elsewhere: “The new location is far enough away that we will have to apply again (for a planning application). It will still be near BrewDog, but in no way will interfere with their seating area."
James Brown, UK operations director for BrewDog, said: “We are happy that the firm have engaged with us in a positive manner and have withdrawn the application.
“We are excited to see the e-bikes in their new location near us.”