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Rutland could get 30 electric car charging points while Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping get none as part of a pilot project

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A joint bid for funding could see 30 electric car charging points installed across Rutland - but none in Stamford, Bourne or Market Deeping.

Lincolnshire County Council and Midlands Connect applied for £935,355 from the government.

If the bid is approved, the money would be shared between Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Herefordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Lincolnshire County Council and Midlands Connect have submitted a joint bid for funding
Lincolnshire County Council and Midlands Connect have submitted a joint bid for funding

Rutland would gain 26 standard and four rapid charging points, but Lincolnshire’s cash would be spent in Grantham, Boston, Spalding, Gainsborough, Skegness, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Hemswell Cliff and Louth.

The majority would be on-street chargers in residential areas, alongside publicly available chargers in council-owned car parks.

The leader of Rutland County Council, Coun Lucy Stephenson (Con), said: “We know residents are keen to make greener choices and many would like to make the switch to an electric vehicle.

“Given the rural nature of the county, it’s essential that we increase the number of public charging points so motorists can travel without the worry about finding a place to power up, and residents without driveways know they can charge their vehicles close to home.”

Lincolnshire could get 109 car chargers.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said: “The entire focus of the Local Electric Infrastructure Pilot is to provide on-street residential charging, so the focus is in areas with high levels of terraced housing with little or no off-street parking.

“The list is indicative of the locations we would like to place chargers and is subject to change should we be successful with the bid and we start the procurement process.

“The list is based on some evidential modelling that indicated a set of locations based on issues such as; EV uptake, propensity for future EV uptake, amount of housing requiring on-street charging.

“It is a pilot project, but we cannot pilot it everywhere. In terms of the list or areas mentioned at this very early stage of the process, we may find that the plan changes in the short term as we focus on locations that will see the quickest positive action.”

Should Stamford,Bourne and Market Deeping be part of the pilot scheme? Email your views to smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk

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