Burnham Market, Hunstanton, Fairstead, Gaywood, King's Lynn and Lynnsport to host new electric vehicle charging points in 7 locations
Funding has been secured to provide 52 charging points in seven locations across West Norfolk ensuring that people with limited access to off-street parking can still choose an electric vehicle.
The charge points are due to be installed this autumn and will be located in car parks near residential areas that have little or no off-street parking.
Cllr Paul Kunes, cabinet member for the environment said: “The borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is fully committed to playing its part in tackling climate change and has already taken many steps on its own net zero journey. We are also committed to helping our community to do the same.
“There are many factors in making the decision to go electric and access to charging facilities is one of them. Lack of off-street parking at home can pose a barrier but we are removing that by making nearby charging facilities available.
“This means it will be easier for people to make an environmentally-friendly choice when buying a vehicle and it will also benefit our visitors who arrive in electric vehicles.”
The borough council secured a grant of £195,000 from the government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and a further contribution of nearly £90,000 from BP Pulse, as well as its own contribution of £73,500.
The council has also spent a further £87,000 to install a substation at Austin Street to support the electricity supply and BP Pulse will cover the maintenance costs for seven years.
The chargers are fast 7kW chargers which are designed for overnight charging or for extended use. The electricity used will be paid for using an app.
All will be installed in car parks owned by the council. Free parking will be provided between 6pm and 8am when a vehicle is charging, to ensure accessibility to residents that need to charge overnight.
EV charging points will be installed at the following locations: North Street Car Park, Burnham Market; Valentine Road, Hunstanton; Chapel Street Car Park, Lynn; Fairstead, Centre Point Car Park, Lynn; Gaywood Library Car Park, Lynn; Lynnsport North Car Park, Lynn; Austin Street East Car Park, Lynn.