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Ealing Council opens consultation over eight new electric vehicle charging points for the borough

Ealing Council is inviting residents to take part in a consultation until 13 March 2023 about eight new electric vehicle charging points(EVCP) that it is looking to install in towns including Acton, Southall and Hanwell.

According to the council there are currently more than 5,900 electric vehicles registered in the borough and that residents have raised concerns that there are not enough places to charge them easily. Currently there are 450 charging points across the borough and it says it aims to have 2,500 by 2026.

In a statement, the council said it is “aiming for every resident in the borough to be within a 5-minute walk of an electric vehicle charging point (EVCP)”.

The roads being consulted on are:

Cavendish Avenue – W13
Clitherow Avenue – W7
Park Road – W7
Park View Road – UB1
Rossall Crescent – NW10
Saxon Drive – W3
Selbourne Gardens – UB6
Thurston Road – UB1

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action said: “We are committed to tackling climate change and improving local air quality. A year ago we had 230 EVCPs and that has now almost doubled to 450. We’re on track to meet our commitment to deliver 2,500 by 2026, meeting the targets set by the Department for Transport and Transport for London four years early.

“We want to rapidly expand the number of accessible EVCPs for those without a driveway or home charging option. It is important that the views of local people are considered, alongside the growing demand for chargers, which is why we are consulting with you.”

Councillor Costigan added: “Switching to an electric vehicle could be great for your bank balance as well as the planet. Running costs are far lower than traditional cars, and electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion charge and ultra-low emission zone schemes. More electric cars on local roads in place of petrol and diesel vehicles also mean lower emissions and cleaner air.”

Neil Reynolds, chair of Ealing Greens told EALING.NEWS: “The borough does need charging points, however the council should make sure that these chargers do not continue to take pavement space from pedestrians and that they are placed on “build outs” on the road.”

To find out more about the consultation which closes on 13 March 2023, click here and to take part in the consultation click here.

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