Consultation launches on EV charging points across Northampton

A consultation has been launched to find locations for on-street electric vehicle charging points in six towns across North Northamptonshire.

Fifthteen sites are being considered in Corby, Higham Ferrers, Kettering, Oundle, Rushden and Wellingborough and nearby residents will receive a letter and information pack inviting them to have their say on the proposed sites. The letter will be from Liberty Charge, who are running the project on behalf of North Northamptonshire Council (NNC).

There are two elements to the consultation which will run in parallel, including a survey run by Liberty Charge which seeks the views from residents on the proposal to install charging points at the proposed locations.

There will also be a Traffic Regulation Order consultation which will look at the associated parking enforcements which would be required at each site.

Cllr Graham Lawman, NNC Executive Member for Highways, Travel & Assets, said: “Electric vehicles provide a low-emission solution to driving and the installation of charging points will help those who currently, or plan to, own an electric vehicle charge their vehicle with ease. It is vital we consider investment in charging points for those who have no access to a private drive and those visiting our town centres and supporting the retail economy.

“As a driver of an electric vehicle myself, I am acutely aware of the need for charging points and am delighted we are taking part in this scheme.”

Cllr Jason Smithers, leader of NNC, added: “In July, NNC declared a Climate and Environment emergency and our work with Liberty Charge to install additional electric vehicle charging points in North Northants reflects this declaration. We also value our resident’s opinions and ask those who live near to the proposed sites as well potential users and residents to have their say.”

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