Electric car charging points could be installed in a South Normanton car park

Proposal to install electric car charging points in Alfreton and South Normanton car parks

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Wed 15th March 2023

Councillors will consider a proposal to install electric car charging points in car parks in Alfreton and South Normanton.

Derbyshire County Council has identified the Rogers Lane East and West car parks in Alfreton and the Market Place car park in South Normanton as possible locations for future charging points.

The proposal forms part of efforts to provide charging points in locations where there is no off-road parking, making it difficult for residents to switch to using electric cars.

As part of this, Derbyshire County Council is considering installing charging point on lamp posts.

The proposal is to run the charge points from the electricity supply to street lights.

Councillor Carolyn Renwick, cabinet member for infrastructure and environment, explained: “Supporting motorists in Derbyshire to make the switch to cleaner, greener vehicles is a key priority to help cut carbon emissions on our journey to becoming a net zero county to help tackle climate change.

“We know a huge proportion of Derbyshire homes to not have off-road parking which means that switching to an electric vehicle is not an easy option for many residents at a time when electric vehicles are entering the second-hand market making them a more affordable option for some.

“But advances in technology in recent years mean that charging points installed on lamp posts offer reliable and safe electric vehicle charging comparable to that of a home charging unit. That’s why we’re proposing to start rolling out this type of charging technology in Derbyshire to help residents interested in running an electric vehicle to make the switch.”

The proposal will be considered at a meeting of Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet tomorrow (Thursday, March 16).

If the proposal is approved, the council will begin the process of appointing a supplier to provide and operate the on-street charging points.

You can read more about the proposal here.

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