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Electric vehicle charging points mark significant step towards sustainable travel

Electric charging points are set to be installed in Mendip District Council-owned car parks for the first time ever – encouraging drivers to switch from fossil-fuelled vehicles, to cleaner electric ones.

Some 24 charging points will be placed across seven Council car parks in the district, providing 56 bays for electric vehicle charging.

They’ll be located in Frome, Glastonbury, Street, Wells and Shepton Mallet as the Council takes important steps to meet its Climate and Ecological Emergency objectives.

Work is due to begin over the summer on the installation programme by partners Franklin Energy.

Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council and Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Josh Burr, said: “We are delighted to be able to secure such a fantastic offering for the District which will hopefully aid our residents and visitors to the District in the transition to electric vehicles over the coming years.

“We recognise that Mendip District Council is one part of a much larger jigsaw of solutions across the area, however, this is a significant step forward to a more sustainable travel network in the future.”

The Cattle Market Car Park in Frome will have 8 bays. Nikki Brain, Frome Town Council’s Resilience Officer says: “The installation of EV charging points in the Cattle Market is great news for Frome residents and for visitors to our town. As electric vehicles become more popular, access to reliable charging will be a consideration for people planning to travel longer distances for day trips. Furthermore, many Frome residents do not have access to off-road parking and are unable to charge their cars at home. Hopefully having this service in the centre of town will enable more residents to consider an electric vehicle.

Frome Town Council fully supports this decision while recognising that it is a first step and over time additional charging points will be required in Frome  to meet future demand.”

The other proposed locations are:

The proposed locations are:

  • St Johns Car Park (6 bays), in Glastonbury
  • Northside Car Park (10 bays) and Southside Car Park (6 bays), in Street
  • Union Street Car Park (8 bays), in Wells
  • Great Ostry Car Park (8 bays) and Cannards Grave Road (10 bays), in Shepton Mallet

22 March 2021
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22 March 2021
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