Electric Vehicle Investment

Date published: 07 December 2018

West Lindsey District Council has received funding to include two electric vehicle charging points in one of its car parks.

The Government grant will support the purchase and installation of two new 22 kilowatt chargers in Gainsborough.

As previously reported, Roseway car park is now officially open, and work is currently underway to transform the car park which will include 30 extra spaces and picturesque landscaping.

Vice Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, Cllr Gillian Bardsley said: “I have been watching for months as the Travelodge and Roseway Quarter has been built and I am very impressed with the way it looks – it is certainly an improvement to the area.

“The car park refurbishment, complete with the landscaping, will set off the area beautifully and I’m excited to see that the popular car park is back in use. The introduction of the electric charging points is an important step in environmentally-friendly transport.

"These additional charging points will help us to keep up the momentum for electric cars in the district by making them even more accessible.”

The car park changes and the build of the Travelodge combined with the Joint Venture Company can provide a boost to the West Lindsey economy of more than £2 million.

Dave Hale, Construction Director at Dransfield Properties, said: “The improvements to Roseway car park are a key part of the regeneration of this part of the town and the delivery of the new hotel, creating an attractive arrival point to Gainsborough. We are confident that shoppers and visitors will be impressed with the new look and lay out of the car park.” 

Motorists are reminded that they can park in the pay and display car park at the site of the former Lidl supermarket site overlooking the River Trent. The council purchased the Ropery Road site and as part of the regeneration and car park strategy and increased the parking capacity to make a total of 123 spaces available for use by shoppers.

The Government grant to support the purchase and installation of two new 22 kilowatt chargers was awarded by the Energy Saving Trust.

Matt Eastwood, Head of Transport from Energy Saving Trust said: “We’re pleased that West Lindsey District Council have been awarded funding through the on-street-residential chargepoint scheme. The installation of these charge points will support the electrification of transport by enabling local residents to make the switch to low emission electric vehicles.”

Don’t forget that if you are just popping into Gainsborough town centre for a quick visit – you can take advantage of the council’s one hour free parking in all council owned car parks.

Motorists using the one hour free will still need to collect a ticket from the machines and place it in their vehicles to display, this includes those people who pay by phone.

The free hour parking is part of the council’s car parking strategy, which plans to increase the number of spaces available in Gainsborough by 43 per cent over the next two years.

Also with immediate effect, car parking permits are now back on sale – to purchase one please contact Customer Services on 01427 676676 or call into the Guildhall at Marshall’s Yard. Full details can be found on the Parking Permits web page.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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