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Electric car rapid charging points installed in Swaffham car park

New rapid charging points for electric cars have been introduced to Swaffham.

Highways England has funded the charging points which have been installed in Pedlars Car Park in the town.

The rapid chargers are capable of charging two cars at a time and can substantially recharge the battery of an electric vehicle in just 30 minutes.

Pedlars Car Park will have electric charging points installed
Pedlars Car Park will have electric charging points installed

Users will be able to pay via contactless or using their existing Swarco E-Connect network account.

Councillor Alison Webb, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Environment at Breckland Council said: "I am delighted installation of these new charging points has now been completed, providing greater accessibility for electric vehicle drivers.

"We expect to see growing demand for these points over the coming years and having these in place will make it easier for residents and visitors to come into our market towns to visit our shops and then return to a recharged vehicle ready to go."

Pedlars Car Park is also involved in a new two-hour limit trial being introduced to Swaffham by Breckland Council after being approached by the town council.

From Monday, drivers will be limited to parking for a maximum of two hours in Market Place, Pedlars and Pit Lane car parks for a period of six months.

These Breckland Council-owned car parks will remain free to use for two hours with no return within one hour, but drivers will be required to display a ticket in their car.

Theatre Street Car Park is not involved in the trial and remains free to use with no time restrictions.

However, the new trial has not been welcomed by everyone in the town due to a perceived lack of parking spaces.

Councillor Ian Pilcher, who represents the Residents4Residents group in Swaffham, said: "Several councillors and also members of public criticised the new meters for taking out two more spaces in a limited central space.

"The official Breckland answer was to decline to respond to suggestions to turn the meters through 180 degrees, so that the spaces did not need to be hatched over.

"Apparently this was to avoid criticism from Disability Discrimination, but as I pointed out [in a town council meeting on Wednesday] - the meters are for two hours and drivers with Blue Badge would not need a 2 hour ticket because they have the right to 3 hour parking without restraint.

"Apart from criticism of loss of space, it seems everyone welcomes this control over timings so as to give more flexibility and turnover of visitors and shoppers. The freedom to park in the town centre is a valued asset."

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