Published: Fri 2 June, 2023
Electric vehicle drivers will soon be able to charge in Ibstock thanks to four brand-new charging points in a council-owned car park.
The spaces in the village’s High Street car park are the latest points installed by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) as part of its Zero Carbon Roadmap, and following an improvement programme for the car park.
Work on the installation will start on Monday 5 June and is expected to be completed by 30 June.
The installation this month will be part-funded by a £25,600 grant from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), with support from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
It is hoped the new charging points, which are the first in the Ibstock area, will encourage more electric vehicle owners to visit the village and support trade on the High Street.
To support the introduction of the EV spaces in the car park, NWLDC recently relined the area and added three new spaces to reduce the impact of restricting spaces for EV drivers.
The new charging points will join the following 24 already introduced by the council across the district:
- North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
- Clapgun Street, Castle Donington
- Margaret Street, Coalville
- Peggs Close, Measham
- The Green, Thringstone
- Vicarage Street, Whitwick
Users of the electric charging points in NWLDC’s car parks are charged per kilowatt hour of charging. Those using car parks that charge a parking fee must also pay for their parking.
Councillor Michael Wyatt, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “As part of our Zero Carbon targets we’re making greener choices for the district, while also encouraging more people with electric vehicles to take advantage of charging points in our towns and villages.
“Our network of charging points is growing across the district and helping to drive the demand for electric cars locally, in turn leading to more charging points and greener roads.
“The grant funding and support from OZEV and the Energy Saving Trust is a great help on our Zero Carbon journey.”