Moving to cleaner and greener transport is vital if we’re going to meet our net-zero targets, as well as saving people money on fuel.
One of the reasons why people are reluctant to switch to an electric car or van is the lack of charge points.
Parish Councils are uniquely placed to help change this – which is why I’ve called on them to take advance of Government support for EV vehicle infrastructure.
I’ve written to Parish Councils across Faversham and Mid Kent to encourage them to apply to the Government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.
Under the scheme, 60 per cent of the installation costs are met by funds from the Department for Transport, with some charge points being installed completely free of charge to the local community thanks to arrangements with energy suppliers.
Kent County Council has already worked successfully with other Parish Councils in Faversham and Mid Kent – such as Doddington and Sutton Valence – to secure funding for charge points.
Recent changes to the guidance mean that more sites are now eligible – including village hall car parks.
If you want to see charge points in your village then get in contact with your Parish Council or with Kent County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org