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EV chargers installed

Published Tuesday 6 December, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 7 December, 2022

Drivers of electric vehicles have more choice of where to charge up.

We have begun installing 18 new charging bays in car parks across the borough to encourage the take up of environmentally friendly electric vehicles.

Rose Street car park in Sheerness, Queens Hall car park in Faversham, and Albany Road car park in Sittingbourne were identified as suitable locations for six new charging bays.  Work is nearly complete at the Faversham and Sheerness sites, and the Albany Road bays will be installed in the new year.

Cllr Richard Palmer, chair of the communities committee at the council, said:

“We received £106,000 from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, and contributed £42,000 from our improvement and resilience fund, to buy and install the chargers.

“We’ve installed nine electric twin charge points, creating 18 charging bays, with Pod Point. The chargers are suitable for a slow, overnight charge, which will give people without a driveway, or access to charging at home, the opportunity to charge their vehicle in their nearest town centre.”

Cllr Julian Saunders, chair of the environment committee at the council, said:

“We are committed to installing electric charging bays in our council owned car parks, and this funding has given us a good start.

“We already have charging bays available for public use in the Central Car Park, Faversham and the Bourne Place multi-storey, and we’ll continue to look for external funding sources to supplement our own contribution and grow our EV charging offer in other areas of the borough.”