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Council charged up for electric car points

 
Created on 02/08/2017 @ 11:24
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A proposal to install electric car charging points in a Newtown car park have taken a step forward.

MyNewtown revealed last month how a town councillor wanted to make Newtown the electric car charging capital of the area by introducing the charging points into the Back Lane or Gravel car parks to attract visitors, commuters and others into the town while travelling through Mid Wales which has limited places for people to charge their vehicles.

The motion has now been backed by town councillors who have given Cllr Geoffrey Parson the go ahead to investigate the the proposal, including costs associated with the work.

Montgomeryshire has limited charging points for public use, with the National Trust's Powis Castle one of just a few in the region offering such access to charge vehicles.

The motion passed by town councillors said: “This council notes the potential for growth in numbers of electric vehicles, and the absence of charging points in Mid Wales, and is of the view that such points in the town centre may attract commuters/ holiday makers and tourists into town to charge cars, with potential economic benefit to the town through shopping or dining.

“This council therefore supports Cllr Geoff Parsons to investigate and set out a business case for the installation of electric vehicle charging points on one of the town car parks.”

Cllr Parsons said: "I am happy that at the recent meeting of the council that my fellow councillors backed my motion, to investigate and set out a business case for the installation of electric vehicle charging points in Newtown. My next steps are to seek out a potential location, funding and suppliers.”

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