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Council secures funding to kickstart electric vehicle charging project

The Forest of Dean District Council has secured advisory services and capacity support from the South West (SW) Energy Hub to the value of £5000.

Support from the SW Energy Hub and consultancy Element Energy will kick off the assessment of feasibility for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the council owned car parks throughout the district.

The council said it will take the learning from this project into the development of a strategy for installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) and playing its role in supporting the increased uptake of EVs by those living and travelling to the district. It added that EVs are one part of a transition to a carbon neutral district.

"We are very thankful to the Hub for supporting us in developing EVCP infrastructure in more rural districts, such as our own," said councillor Chris McFarling, joint deputy leader of the council with responsibility for climate emergency.

"As stated in the Rapid Action Plan adopted in February 2020 we want to work with key stakeholders to improve electric vehicle and electric bike charging facilities in our district and support the transition to EVs."

Jon Rattenbury, programme manager for the South West Energy Hub, added: "It is great to work with the council and Element Energy to assess EV charging opportunities in FoD and support the development of a deployment approach for the council's car parks."

The council said it also continues to move forward to reduce its carbon emissions from travel by changing the first of its pool cars to a hybrid.

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