Uckfield to get electric vehicle charge points

Electric vehicle (EV) charge points are to be installed at a number of Uckfield Town Council-owned sites.

A charging point for electric vehicles in use in Hailsham. Photo: Wealden District Council.

There are currently no commercial charge points in the town or nearby villages.

In fact, the whole of Wealden lags, as this website’s report last November illustrated.

The district council is looking at the possibility of having EV charge points in some of its car parks, such as the Luxford Field.

EV forecourt on Uckfield by-pass?

Gridserve is said to be near to making a planning application for an electric vehicle recharging forecourt on the Uckfield by-pass and held a consultation on the proposals earlier this year.

The town council agreed a year ago to support the Climate Emergency declared by Wealden council, has its own climate change working group and councillors have now agreed to go ahead with providing charge points.

Luxford Field car park

A number of sites are under consideration including the Civic Centre, Foresters Hall, Victoria Pavilion and Ridgewood Village Hall. West Park pavilion has been ruled out.

The town council will also contact Wealden about an EV point at the Luxford Field car park.

Users of the charging points will pay Uckfield Town Council on a contactless, pay-as-you-go basis for the electricity they have used.

The costs

One company has given prices for installing 7.2kW charging points, based on a monthly hire charge.

Four sites would cost £412 + VAT on a 60-month contract – just under £5,000 per year.

This financial year the town council has a budget of £7,500 for climate change initiatives.

See also:

Roundabout construction on by-pass about to start

Three homes proposed in backland development at Five Ash Down

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