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Village becomes first in county to have community electric car charging point

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Residents in Dickleburgh celebrated the installation of Norfolk’s first community electric charging point this week.

On Wednesday, three 7.2kw chargers were unveiled outside the Village Centre, in Harvey Lane – marking the first step in Norfolk County Council’s electric vehicle strategy to encourage usage across the region.

Terry Clarkson, chairman of the village centre’s management committee, said: “I’m delighted that we have managed to get this over the line.

Anglia Car Charging Operations Manager Andy Drinkell, Terry Clarkson and West Depwade Councillor Barry Duffin. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Anglia Car Charging Operations Manager Andy Drinkell, Terry Clarkson and West Depwade Councillor Barry Duffin. Picture: Mecha Morton.

“We recognised there was a real need to create these points in order to encourage electric car use and to further push the green agenda in Norfolk.

“It’s obvious that electric charging is going to be the future and we need to be supporting the process by providing for villages that go along the A140.

“A lot of people in Dickleburgh and Rushall can’t have a charging point at their home because they don’t have the space and, until the authorities start to put five or six charging points around a lamp post, people are going to need places like this.”

While there are numerous privately owned charging points in the county, the latest installation is the first to be publicly owned.

Up to three motorists will be able to charge their vehicles at a time, at a cost of 35p per kilowatt, with profits being reimbursed into projects in the community, such as a new playing field.

“There is a small margin of profit that will go towards the community fund and supporting activities,” added Mr Clarkson.

The £8,000 scheme has been funded by Norfolk County Council, through money allocated to Barry Duffin, county councillor for West Depwade.

Cllr Depwade said: “It’s great to see this innovative scheme spark so much interest.

“I’m proud that Dickleburgh is ahead of the game and it’s been wonderful to work closely with the parish council and highway officers to get this up and running.”

Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, added: “I hope this will be a blueprint for other similar schemes right across the county as we are looking to support the roll-out of publicly accessible electric charging points to meet both current and future demand.

“Alongside our plans to improve bus services and boost active travel, such as cycling and walking, this is one of the key ways that we can help reduce carbon emissions in Norfolk.”

The chargers will be available to use 24 hours a day, and add around 25 miles of range for every hour connected.

Richard Seppings, of Anglia Car Charging, who undertook the installation of the chargers, said people across the county should expect to see new points installed in their towns and villages in the coming months.

He said: “Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is an essential part of a move to a low-carbon society.

“Norfolk County Council has ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions.

“Providing EV charging facilities throughout the county is an important step. Prepare to see this expanding across the county in the coming months.”

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