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A scheme to install electric vehicle charging points in Isle of Wight Council-run car parks could get the green light next week.

Fifteen fast and rapid charge points could be installed in nine locations across the Island subject to Cabinet approval next Thursday (13 January).

Initially the points would be placed in Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Cowes, Ventnor and Freshwater. The plans will also see more points come online in future years as demand increases.

Officer recommendation is to approve the plans and that the points would be provided by a third party - which would need no council investment or operational funding – through the Central Southern Region (CSR) framework. 

The CSR Framework was set up by Hampshire County Council and allows all public bodies in the region to procure a range of charge point services.

Cabinet lead for transport and infrastructure, Councillor Phil Jordan, said the scheme formed part of the council’s wider Mission Zero Strategy which sets out how the Island can be carbon-neutral by 2040 – ten years before the government target.

He said: “Infrastructure has long been a barrier to the uptake of electric vehicles and these plans will start to see the beginnings of a growing network right across the Island.

“If passed, I look forward to working with town and community councils in all the earmarked locations before the points are installed to hear their views. Even better, all charge points are supplied with green energy so we can really start to make an impact on our carbon reduction strategy and encourage take up of electric vehicles.”

The council only has direct control over about one per cent of the Island’s carbon emissions, but has vowed to make all its assets carbon neutral by 2030, with schools following suit by 2035.

The locations for installation would be:
• Chapel Street, Newport 
• Sea Street, Newport
• Seaclose Park, Newport
• Quay Road, Ryde
• St. Thomas Street (upper), Ryde
• St. John’s Road, Sandown
• Cross Street, Cowes
• Central Car park, Ventnor
• Moa Place, Freshwater.


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