Bassetlaw District Council is asking residents who are interested in owning or operating an Electric Vehicle (EV) for their views, which could help to bring more EV charging points to the district.
Electric cars are usually charged in garages and driveways, an option that is not available to many residents. Through a new Government funded scheme, electric vehicle charging points could be brought to residential streets or Council-owned car parks in Worksop and Retford town centres, as well as other urban areas of Bassetlaw, including Carlton in Lindrick and Harworth.
The Energy Saving Trust, as part of the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), is providing grant funding from the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to local authorities to bring EV charging infrastructure to areas that do not have the convenience of off-street parking.
It is hoped this will encourage and enable more people in Bassetlaw to own or operate an electric vehicle so that vehicle owners can lower their carbon footprint and communities in the district can benefit from improved air quality as electric vehicle become more accessible.
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, “The Government have said that new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030. The availability of electric vehicle charging points in Bassetlaw has to increase to achieve this timeline and the biggest challenges are for those residents who live in terraced properties or do not have access to off-street parking. We want to give residents that would like to use an electric vehicle more opportunities to do so at this early stage.”
She added: “To be eligible for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme grant funding, the Council must be able to prove that there is enough interest from residents to bring electric vehicle infrastructure to Bassetlaw.”
“Hopefully, residents that have an interest in owning or operating an electric vehicle in the future will work together with the Council and take part in their consultation, which will be used as evidence to support the application process.”
A survey from the Council will ask residents that are interested in owning an EV, whether they would consider doing so within the next five years, their type of interest, and information on any current barriers to EV operation they are facing.
The consultation is available at: https://selfservice.bassetlaw.gov.uk/renderform.aspx?t=632&k=B2CF3AFDC9C4864064E003BB07CE3BC2EB38E671&noheader=1&refresh=1&b=F4D1709CA22B5B946DB9C271AC151C661F3C3BA7|44250.5102802894 and will be available until 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021.
Last Updated on Tuesday, March 9, 2021