Council funding for electric car charging points
Social Democrats councillor Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed last week's announcement that the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is to fund the rollout by local authorities of up to 1,000 on-street public charge points across the country for electric vehicles over the next 5 years.
'While the full details are yet to be provided by the Department, I am pleased to see that councils are finally being funded to provide this much need infrastructure,' said Cllr Whitmore. 'Wicklow is a particularly "environmentally switched on" county, and yet, many of our towns and districts, such as Greystones and West Wicklow, don't currently have any public charging points. This was acting as a barrier to many people buying an electric car. I have repeatedly raised the absence of charge points with the Minister and have submitted a petition of 1000 signatures to him from people in the area that wanted to see charge points put in place.'
She said that it is good to see the minister recognising that there is a demand for the infrastructure and providing the funding. 'I am hopeful that the addition of these charging points will make traveling around our county much easier for EV drivers and will encourage more people to make the switch,' said Cllr Whitmore. 'I will work closely with the council to ensure that Wicklow gets its fair share of charging points and that they are located in the most suitable locations across the county.'