Tamworth Approve Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Tamworth Borough Council approves proposals to build first public access electric vehicle charge point
11:00 30 August 2019
Tamworth Borough Council may build its first public electric vehicle charge point following a consultation that asked residents, businesses, and visitors for suggestions on how to improve Tamworth town centre.
The proposals have been forwarded to the Cabinet. If approved, an electric vehicle charge point would be installed in a council-run carpark in the interim, while a more in-depth infrastructure strategy would be developed in the longer term.
Chairman of the Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Simon Goodall, said: “As a council we are always looking at ways to promote the economic growth and prosperity of the town.
“We considered electric vehicle charging points a few years ago, but at that time it was felt it was too soon to commit to technology and infrastructure that was very much in its infancy.
“However, things have moved on since then, and promoting a shift to electric vehicles is very high on the Government agenda – the Road to Zero Strategy includes the goal that the production of all new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2040.
“Technology has moved on, as has the take up of plug in or hybrid vehicles, with record sales in 2018. This, combined with the fact that Tamworth’s residents, visitors and businesses have indicated they feel electric vehicle infrastructure is an important part of the town centre offer, means we feel this is the right time to progress these plans.
“We’ve done the research and are now suggesting to Cabinet that we take the next steps towards installing our first electric vehicle charging point and improving this infrastructure across the town.”