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Council Powers Ahead with Electric Charging Points

Work is set to start next month to install six new electric vehicle charging points around the Borough.

South Tyneside Council received up to £45k in grant funding from the Department for Transport to expand its existing network of more than 20 charge points.

The money was awarded from the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which is designed to promote charging of plug-in electric vehicles in residential areas, particularly where off-street parking is not available.

The new charging points will be located at Boldon Community Association; The Nook, Prince Edward Way; Monkton Stadium; Simonside Outdoor Centre and two at Sea Winnings Way.

Councillor Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: "We're committed to creating a low carbon economy and encouraging the use of electric vehicles among residents and council employees.

"These new charging points will greatly expand our existing infrastructure of charging facilities.

"By installing these on-street charge points in areas such as these, residents without off-street parking can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their plug-in electric vehicles near their homes.

"All the new sites are within established residential areas but also close to council amenities, sports facilities, shops and services so we expect the take-up to be high.

"As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and will lower their carbon footprint."

The charge points will be available for use by all local residents who have electric vehicles and will allow electric vehicles to be recharged quickly, making longer journeys more viable.

 

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