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Electric Vehicle Charging Point installed at Brushford

24 February 2020 : Council news

A village in Somerset West and Taunton is the first to benefit from a Council initiative to tackle the climate emergency.

A publicly accessible electric vehicle charging point, funded by a grant from SWT, has been installed at Brushford Parish Hall on Exmoor.

SWT has been encouraging the installation of electric vehicle charging points in communities throughout the district and offered all parish and town councils the opportunity to apply for grants from a one-off budget set aside to support community led action to tackle the climate emergency.

Brushford Parish Council made an application on behalf of Brushford Parish Hall Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

SWT awarded £675 towards the cost of installing the electric vehicle charging point and the apparatus itself was secured through the charity Zero Carbon World, facilitated by West Somerset Together Forum 21.

Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate Change, said: “SWT is working towards becoming a carbon neutral district by 2030, and supports the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to own an electric vehicle.

I am delighted that the first charging point partially funded through a grant from the Council, is available in this relatively remote village on the edge of the Exmoor National Park.

As well as supporting our own efforts to tackle climate change this charging point will benefit our residents with electric vehicles and contribute to the local economy by encouraging visitors with electric vehicles to the area.”

Zero Carbon World donates Charging Stations to destination locations in order to support the development of a national charging infrastructure and to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, reducing pollution in communities.

Cara Naden from Zero Carbon World said: "With today’s critical issues regarding climate change, species extinction and air pollution creating hazards to the health and wellbeing of our communities, we need to do all we can to support the transition to clean, fossil free transport and the installation of renewable energy technologies.

I am really proud of this community and of the local council who supported the installation of this charging point”

West Somerset Together Forum 21, a platform for individuals and community groups across West Somerset to share ideas and generate actions to combat climate and ecological emergencies, supported the installation.

The Group aims to encourage zero emission vehicles visiting West Somerset with a network across destination locations in the area.

Other parishes in the district including Trull, Luxborough and Stoke St Gregory have made successful applications to the SWT fund, and will be installing their charging points in the coming months.