Wealden District Council has announced that works will shortly begin on the installation of new electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints throughout the area.
The new charging infrastructure is being provided by Connected Kerb, a UK-based provider of EV charging infrastructure solutions, in partnership with the local authority.
The chargepoint rollout is part of Wealden council’s bid to improve local air quality and support residents who are already driving electric vehicles (EVs) and to make it easier for residents to make the switch.
The construction works will take between four to five months, depending on the weather in March and April, the council has said.
Cllr. Pam Doodes, the council’s lead member for climate change, said: “The charging points will provide convenient access to residents who already have an electric vehicle, for residents thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle, especially where it is difficult or impossible to install a charging point at their own homes.
“Charging points will be available across the district, in our Wealden owned and managed car parks and will help us to reduce carbon emissions, and bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of becoming net zero by 2050 or sooner.”
Council-run car parks due to receive EV charging include: The Willows, Alfriston; Croft Road, Crowborough; Mill Road, Heathfield; Luxford Field, Uckfield; North Road, Pevensey Bay; The Greyhound, Wadhurst: and Horsefields, East Dean.
Bays in the Vicarage Lane car park in Hailsham and bays in the South Road car park, also in Hailsham, are both set to see new chargers under the scheme.
Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said: “Ensuring that everyone has easy access to reliable and affordable charging infrastructure is critical to meeting the UK’s net zero target. Supporting Wealden residents who have no access to off-street parking is a key step to improving both local air quality and the uptake of electric vehicles.”