Last week Rother District Council (RDC) launched a consultation exercise on its corporate plan that outlines priorities to 2027.
At the top of the to do list is their plan to make the local authority carbon neutral by 2030 in order to address the global climate emergency. To help deliver that, one of the key objectives is the roll-out of electric charging points in RDC car parks.
The council recognised that in Rye one of the key barriers to people upgrading their car to an electric vehicle is the lack of places to charge them in a town where many people don’t have a driveway. In addition, concerns have been raised that visitors and tourists with electric vehicles will be put off from visiting Rye if they can’t recharge their car.
The number of people with electric cars is on the rise with 10% of all new cars sold last year in the UK being electric or hybrid. Predictions are that this number will increase rapidly in the coming years therefore introducing charging points, for both residents and visitors, has become a council priority.
The type of charging point and their location will be fleshed out during the year, but it is expected that they will be installed and operational by the end of 2021.
In their new corporate plan, the council outlined ten objectives relating to:
- Climate emergency
- Financial stability
- Increase the supply of affordable housing
- Housing list reduction
- Housing supply
- Empowered organisation
- A fairer society
- Development of Rother’s economy
- An open council
- A town council for Bexhill-on-Sea
You can read more about RDC’s plans in detail, and have your say, here. The consultation runs until March 17.
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