New car charging points installed across Chichester area


They’re being installed by Chichester District Council in order to encourage more people to use electric vehicles and to support those who have already made the switch.

Eight car parks in Bosham, East Wittering, Midhurst, Chichester, Petworth and Selsey will get the charging points installed by the end of the year.

It follows a successful bid for £52,500 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

“As a council we are committed to improving air quality and making steps to try and tackle climate change. This project is one of many ways we are trying to make a difference.

“If we want people to move towards using electric vehicles, we have to make it easier for people to charge their cars.

“We’ve thought carefully about where to locate the chargers and identified key locations where visitors will be encouraged to stop and explore, while their car charges, so that they spend time and money in the district.

“The majority of chargers will also be installed in car parks close to housing without driveways or garages, giving householders the option of purchasing an electric vehicle.”

Cllr Penny Plant, cabinet member for the environment and Chichester contract services, Chichester District Council

New electric charging points Chichester
Charging points like these will be appearing in more car parks around the Chichester district (photo credit: Chichester District Council)

The charging points will be installed in:

  • Bosham Lane car park, Bosham;
  • Northern Crescent car park, East Wittering;
  • North Street car park, Midhurst;
  • East Pallant car park, Chichester;
  • Northgate car park, Chichester;
  • Avenue de Chartres car park, Chichester;
  • Pound Street car park, Petworth; and
  • East Street car park, Selsey.

The council has also started to purchase electric cars for its own services, with two electric vehicles now being used by their parking enforcement service carry out daily enforcement patrols.

“As a council, we have made a commitment to purchase electric cars and vans when existing vehicles need to be replaced. This is as long as they meet the business needs of specific services and offer best value to the council.

“We are really pleased with the electric vehicles that we have purchased and we hope to replace some of our other vehicles in the near future.

“Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they also offer significant savings over the lifetime of the vehicle.”

Cllr Tony Dignum, cabinet member for finance, place, growth and regeneration, Chichester District Council

 





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