Electric vehicle charging points to spring up across the district

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Canterbury's electric vehicle charging points will receive wind farm electricity

Twelve electric vehicle charging points are to be installed across the Canterbury district.

Swedish green energy firm Vattenfall, which operates the Kentish Flats wind farms off the Whitstable and Herne Bay coast, will carry out the work after agreeing a deal with the city council.

The power for the electric vehicle (EV) charging points will come directly from its wind farms.

Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook said: “The installation of these first EV charging points is an important first step in the journey to provide the infrastructure that will deliver cleaner air for the district.

“They were one of a raft of measures contained in the Air Quality Action Plan approved by councillors at the end of last year.

Cllr Simon Cook

“The plan signalled our determination that the council should do everything it can to improve air quality in those areas under its direct control while working with others to encourage them to do the same.

“Our partnership with Vattenfall means motorists driving cleaner and greener electric cars will find life that little bit easier while being powered by renewable energy.”

Vattenfall will begin installing its InCharge technology in a number of city centre car parks this month.

Anthony Hinde, Vattenfall’s Managing Director for InCharge in the UK, said: “It’s great to forge this partnership with Canterbury City Council especially as the power supplied to the sockets will be ‘sourced’ from Vattenfall’s British wind farms including those off the Kent coast.

“This is an important step in helping people live free from fossil fuels.”

One electric vehicle charging point capable of charging two cars each will be installed in Pound Lane, St Radigunds and Watling Street car parks in Canterbury. They have been paid for by a £19,000 grant from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Single charging point capable of charging two cars in reserved bays will be installed at:

  • North Holmes Road between Havelock Street and Old Ruttington Lane in Canterbury
  • Westgate Hall Road in Canterbury
  • Beverley Road just north of Roper Road in Canterbury
  • Queens Avenue near the junction with Orchard Street in Canterbury
  • Central Parade near the junction with Prospect Hill in Herne Bay
  • The northern end of Cromwell Road in Whitstable
  • Sea Street in Whitstable
  • Gladstone Road in Whitstable at the bollards marking the road closure
  • Nelson Road in Whitstable

These charging points will be paid for by a £53,214 grant from OLEV and a contribution from Vattenfall/BMM.

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  1. Excellent news.

    Only a tiny step in the right direction but very welcome news nonetheless

    The icing on the cake would be the cancellation of the multi storey car park project on Thursday evening

    After all the Council is and I quote ” determined to everything in its power to improve AQ in the City”

    What better opportunity can there be to demonstrate intent and win support in the process?

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