An EV charging contractor has been appointed by Wealden District Council to install public electric vehicle charging points in public car parks.
Connected Kerb will review 11 council owned and operated car parks for charging feasibility with the potential to expand to an additional 22 sites throughout Wealden.
Within Wealden there are currently 23 EV charge points distributed throughout the district and the Council recognises the need to provide additional public charge points for its residents – particularly as 24% of households with a vehicle park on the street overnight.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Councillor Roy Galley said:
As the proportion of electric vehicles grows annually, as does the requirement to provide a reliable, accessible and rigorous charging network to support the growing demand of electric vehicles.
As part of our commitments under the Climate Emergency Plan, we have successfully appointed Connected Kerb and are delighted to work with the company and share a parallel ambition to boost public charging throughout Wealden.
Connected Kerb aims to install 190,000 publicly accessible AC chargers in the UK by 2030 and has already worked closely with neighbouring local authorities in Kent and West Sussex.Cllr Roy Galley
In 2019 Wealden District Council declared a climate emergency. The Council intend to work toward net-zero CO₂ by 2050 or earlier for both their own operations and by acting as a leader and catalyst for community-wide action.
In 2019, transport emissions account for 46.7% of total Wealden district emissions – 19.7% higher than the national average.
Almost 40% of all EVs first registered in East Sussex in 2021 were in Wealden.
Recent research has identified that the potential demand for EV charging across East Sussex will increase over the next 10 years with numbers of EVs locally going up from round 3,500 to 34,000 by 2025, and to 98,000 by 2030.
The initial phase of car parks are those that have been identified as having existing electrical capacity locally as well as demand for charging locally. The 11 car parks are:
- West Street, Alfriston
- North Street, Alfriston
- Croft Road, Crowborough
- Pilmer Road, Crowborough
- Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly
- Lower Road, Forest Row
- Mill Road, Heathfield
- West End, Herstmonceux
- Sea Road, Pevensey
- Civic Approach, Uckfield
- Regency Close, Uckfield
The ambition is to provide charging in all Wealden District Council owned car parks.
Wealden District Council intends to utilise Government funding from the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.