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12 June 2022 • Forest Row Local
Wealden DC boosts EV points
A provider has been appointed by Wealden District Council to boost public electric vehicle charging availability in the district.
Connected Kerb, an EV charging contractor, will review 11 council owned and operated car parks for charging feasibility with the potential to expand to an additional 22 sites.
Within Wealden there are currently 23 EV charge points distributed throughout the district and the council recognises the need to provide additional public charge points for its residents – particularly as 24% of households with a vehicle park on the street overnight.
The appointment comes after Wealden District Council’s climate emergency declaration, with the intention of working toward net-zero CO2 by 2050 or earlier for both the council and the Wealden district area. In 2019, transport emissions account
for 46.7% of total Wealden district emissions – 19.7% higher than the national average.
Recent research has identified that the potential demand for EV charging across East Sussex will increase over the next 10 years with numbers
of EVs locally going from 3,573 to 33,945 (by 2025), to 98,054 by 2030. This is particularly relevant in Wealden where almost 40% of all EVs first registered in East Sussex in 2021 were in Wealden.
The council’s portfolio holder for Climate Change Councillor Roy Galley said, “As the proportion of electric vehicles grows annually, as does
the requirement to provide a reliable, accessible and rigorous charging network to support the growing demand of electric vehicles.
“As part of our commitments under the Climate Emergency Plan, we have successfully appointed Connected Kerb and are delighted to work with the company and share a parallel ambition to boost public charging throughout Wealden.
“Connected Kerb aims to install 190,000 publicly accessible AC chargers in the UK by 2030 and has already worked closely with neighbouring local authorities in Kent and West Sussex.”
As part of the delivery programme, Wealden council intends to utilise On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme funding, which has already supported 2,038 charge points to date nationally.
  Welcoming refugees to Wealden Hundreds of refugees from war-torn Ukraine are set to arrive
in Wealden under the government’s Homes for Ukraine in the coming weeks.
Already more than 100 refugees have arrived in the Wealden district to begin new lives. According to latest figures, there are more than 500 expected arrivals due in Wealden, which is the most in any district of East Sussex and twice as many as in any other constituency in East Sussex.
The data has been released by East Sussex County Council, which is the lead authority co-ordinating the operation to welcome and settle Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in the county.
Almost 1,200 refugees are due to arrive in East Sussex and local councils together with partners are working together to support them and their hosts.
Wealden District Council leader Councillor Bob Standley has led the messages of welcome and support for the refugees.
He said, “I am proud, though not surprised, that the number of Wealden residents offering homes to Ukraine refugees is the highest in East Sussex.
“I know the new residents to
our part of East Sussex will be welcomed with open arms as they settle into the district and the children are placed in local schools. Wealden District Council is working closely with East Sussex County Council and other voluntary agencies to welcome our Ukrainian guests.”
East Sussex County Council has published a Welcome to East Sussex guide, which is available in full Ukrainian translation at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community
For any questions, hosts can contact the county council by email:
ukraine@eastsussex.gov.uk or telephone helpline: 01323 724748.
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