Rochford Council to roll-out more electric vehicle charging points

Rochford District Council is to add another electric vehicle charging point in the district for the public to use.

The installations have been made in an effort to improve local air quality as part of the council’s response to the Government’s National Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide.

Rochford District Council is working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council on the project through the ‘early measures grant fund’,and are also working with charger supplier Swarco UK/eVolt.

The aim is to reduce the levels of nitrogen in the shortest possible time.

With the first phase completed in December 2019 this second phase will include the installation of a public rapid charger at Southend Road car park, Hockley which is due to commence on Thursday June 18.

All charge points will have a dedicated bay that can only be used by electric vehicles that are plugged into the charge point.

Rochford District Council’s portfolio holder for the community, Cllr Mike Webb said: “We are determined to keep investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure because this will encourage road users within the district to switch to cleaner, greener vehicles and help to reduce harmful emissions.”

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