ELECTRIC vehicle charging points connected in Blessington town square should be up and running within two weeks.
Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore welcomed the development as she said: “I have been a lot of false starts with the connection of the charge points in Blessington but I am delighted to finally see that the EV charge points will be up and running in the coming weeks in Blessington.
“Speaking to the ESB on site who were fitting the meters for the chargers, I’m told that there should be power at the site within two to three days which means the chargers should finally be up and running in two weeks-time.”
It was announced in December of 2021 that Blessington had been chosen as one of 26 towns around the country to receive €100,000 to support the development of a masterplan for its future development.
Under the first ever Town Centre First Plans, the money provided was aimed at supporting and tackling dereliction and vacant properties while revitalising town centres to make them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and run a business.
Deputy Whitmore added: “It’s been a year since the funding of €100,000 was announced for the development of plans to upgrade Blessington town centre and it’s great to see the progress and development of the town centre to include EV charging points for residents and visitors to the town alike.”
“Throughout last year and early this year, I have been keeping a close contact with the County Council and the ESB to make sure that the connection comes on stream and when a constituent raised the issue again with the office this week, I was delighted to inform him that the delays that had been holding up the connection are now resolved, certificates have been issued and the charge-points will be operational in the coming days.”
“The installation and connection of these charging points in Blessington is a much-needed amenity for the area which has seen huge population growth and a lack of public facilities to go along with it. I hope that the charging points will make charging of EV’s more convenient for residents of the town and pave the way for more visitors. I will continue to keep contact with The County Council and The ESB for the planned installation of further charging points across the county.”