Retford could be set to receive multiple charging points in a move aimed to increase the amount of electric vehicle owners in the area.

Through a government funded scheme, electric vehicle charging points could be brought to residential streets or council-owned car parks in Retford town centre.

Other more rural areas are also being touted as potential sites for charging points in Bassetlaw, including Harworth.

Councillor 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.”

At present, electric cars are usually charged in garages and driveways, an option that is not available to many residents.

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 electric vehicle charging infrastructure to areas that do not have the convenience of off-street parking.

It is hoped that this will encourage and enable more people in Bassetlaw to own or operate an electric vehicle so that residents can lower their carbon footprint and communities in the district can benefit from improved air quality as electric vehicles become more accessible.

Councillor White added: “To be eligible for the ORCS 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.”

Bassetlaw MP, Brendan Clarke Smith, has also backed the proposals to bring more charging points to the area.

He said: “I am very happy to see that the council, in this instance, is taking positive steps towards attracting important Government funding to invest in our electric car infrastructure.

“As the price of these vehicles continues to fall and ownership increases, it is vital that Bassetlaw is at the forefront of this technological revolution so that we can encourage inward investment as well serve our own domestic electric car ownership.”

The consultation period will close on Friday, March 26, at 5pm.





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