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Council Drives Forward Green Agenda

South Tyneside Council is driving forward its plans for a greener borough by further expanding its network of electric vehicle recharging points.

 

 

Another three charging posts have been installed at council business centres.

 

The 22kW and 7kW charge points take the total number of chargers across the borough to more than 30.

 

The new posts are located at Jarrow Business Centre, South Shields Business Works and One Trinity Green.

 

Cllr Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport at South Tyneside Council, said: I'm delighted that we are continuing to expand our infrastructure of charging facilities. This is a great boost for local businesses based in our centres.

 

"As a council we have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and creating a healthy, sustainable and efficient transport network is vital in helping us achieve that goal.

 

"We can help encourage the take up of electric vehicles among residents, businesses and council employees by ensuring that making the switch is easy, convenient and accessible."

 

The council has already made great strides in reducing its carbon footprint, with innovative schemes having helped reduce emissions by an estimated 48 per cent since 2014/15.

 

Last month the council declared a climate emergency and agreed a number of measures to enable the shift towards becoming carbon neutral.

 

Cllr Walsh added: "We strive for environmental excellence.

 

"We've already done a considerable amount of work towards creating a greener, more sustainable borough but we recognise there is room for improvement.

 

"As more people use electric vehicles, our communities will benefit from improved air quality and a lower carbon footprint."

Paul Lindsay, Director of Bede Wealth Management Limited, which is based in Jarrow Business Centre, said: "I have an electric car and to me it's paramount that there are on-site charging facilities.

 

"I travel to a lot of corporate events and do home visits, often at short notice, so it's going to make it really convenient for me to know the car is recharging outside while I'm in the office."

 

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