EV Car charger

Council receives nearly £200,000 of funding to install EV charging points across the district

The Forest of Dean District Council has received £199,853 of funding to install thirty-three electric vehicle charging points across the district in council-owned car parks.

Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, said:

“As a council committed to tackling the climate emergency head-on, it’s fantastic to be able to announce this funding, which will allow us to install state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging points in car parks across the district.

“Cars are a significant contributor of emissions, so it’s vital that we encourage people to move towards greener forms of transport if we want to reach the council’s goal of reaching net-zero by 2030. However, we recognise that for people to be able make the switch from petrol and diesel to electric they need the reassurance this infrastructure provides.

“This is particularly the case for households who do not have access to off-street parking and the rural nature of the district means we don’t have the same infrastructure capabilities as urban areas. Hence why these new charging points are a fantastic opportunity for us to create a greener district by providing local people with easily accessible places to charge their cars.”

Overall, thirty-three fast electric vehicle charging points will be installed across the district. This equates to sixty-six charging sockets: marking a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles charging points available in the district.

The charging points are part-funded by the ‘On-Street Residential ChargePoint Scheme’ which is designed to help Local Authorities deliver electric vehicle charging infrastructure for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.

Following the decision to proceed with the installation of these charging points, the council will now begin the process of procuring a contractor with a deadline for the points to be installed and activated by the end of January 2025.

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