Mellor Parish Council leads the charge with new community Electric vehicle charging points23rd of December, 2020
Two electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints have been installed at Mellor Village Hall as the Parish Council seeks to futureproof the village ahead of upcoming changes in how we travel. The chargepoints are the result of a collaboration with Lancaster based community benefit society Charge My Street.
Charge My Street raises money through community share offers and funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency to fund publicly accessible chargepoints so the new asset came at no cost to the Parish Council. The collaboration emerged after the Parish Council were introduced to Charge My Street when discussing wider opportunities for green energy with Rural Communities Energy Fund.
Director of Charge My Street Daniel Heery said: “We’re delighted to have completed the installation in Mellor just in time for the Christmas period. Lancashire is currently so underserved by bigger chargepoint providers who are more interested in large cities and motorway service stations.
“Installing a chargepoint in smaller communities like Mellor starts to ensure that rural areas aren’t left out in the changes the government are bringing in in 2030. We are all going to need to make this change and that includes our small towns and villages. We would like to thank the Parish Council for being so enthusiastic about the project!”
It is also hoped that the chargepoint will be a helpful addition to key workers in the village as Charge My Street are offering free charging to help them through the pandemic. For details of how to register to use the chargepoints go to https://www.chargemystreet.co.uk/charge
Mellor Parish Council Vice-Chairman John Hymas who, working with other Councillors and the Parish Clerk, led the project said “We were introduced to Charge My Street when discussing wider opportunities for green energy with Rural Communities Energy Fund and are delighted to have been able to work with them. They were easy to deal with and we believe we're one of the first parish councils to have done something like this. It demonstrates our commitment to reducing our community carbon footprint. With the number of electric vehicles set to increase and off road parking at a premium for many residents we believe this new facility will be well received by locals and hall visitors alike”