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Electric car charging points could be in town soon

Created on 20/02/2018 @ 15:04
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Newtown could soon have electric car charging points installed in the town's car parks.

Powys County Council says it has taken a step forward in the plans.

It follows calls from Newtown Town Council over the past for such points to be brough into the town to help attract more people and to also offer such a facility to public and business people using local roads.

The Back Lane and Gravel car parks could have such points to charge electric vehicles installed.

The council’s Cabinet last month accepted the proposed Capital Strategy for 2018-23, which included £200,000 for electric charge points in council car parks.
The capital strategy will be considered by full council this week (Thursday, February 22).
Cllr Liam Fitzpatrick, Cabinet Members for Highways, said: “Our highways service likes to be ahead of the game and that is why we have put forward a capital bid for £200,000 to place electrical charging points in our car parks.
“Technology is reshaping the world and our county and we must adapt and change in advance of new technologies that will be with us shortly.
“The country is seeing an increase a growth in electric vehicle ownership so it is important that we look to introduce this infrastructure in Powys now. By providing an accessible network of electric vehicle charging points, we will be playing a key role in encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles, which will help improve air quality by reducing emissions from our roads.
“We’re also currently researching utilising waste plastics to be used to strengthen our highways but we are still at the early stages of discussion.”

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