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SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY: Watford Borough Council launches funding bid to add more electric vehicle charging points in the town

 Published on: 5th March 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford Borough Council is making a new bid for grant funding under the government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS).

If successful, it means we can add to the available charge points in the town, encourage more take up of electric vehicles (EV) and reduce our transport emissions.

The EV charge points are part of a wider commitment to improve air quality, as part of the council’s Sustainability Strategy.

In 2019 – along with councils all over the country – Watford Borough Council’s Elected Mayor Peter Taylor and councillors declared a climate emergency, pledging to do everything in their power to make Watford carbon neutral by 2030.

To help achieve this mission, Watford Borough Council has a host of sustainability initiatives running, including introducing more EV charge points, to make the switch to this greener option just a little bit easier for people.

In the council’s application for funding, they must demonstrate demand for EV charge points and vehicles, specifically on streets where there is mostly on-street parking and homes that have no driveways.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “With more and more people looking to invest in electric vehicles, we need to ensure we have enough charge points to meet the increase in demand. Watford residents are already ahead of the game with more electric vehicles registered in Watford than anywhere else in Hertfordshire.

“If you live in Watford and would be interested in switching to an electric vehicle, but don’t have close access to a charge point on your street, I would encourage you to fill out our online survey to help the council in our bid for more funding.

“We all have a commitment to halting the Climate Emergency and making our air cleaner for everyone and having more EV vehicles in our town will help to achieve these goals.”

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