Councils bids to install electric vehicle chargers in Cheshire East towns

Cheshire East Council has submitted a funding bid to enable them to install electric vehicle charging points in nine towns across the borough.

A report prepared for the Highways and Transport Committee meeting on Thursday, 21st July has identified 15 sites, including one in Wilmslow, for the installation of charge points.

In total the Council has requested £157,580 from the Government's Office of Zero Emission Vehicles, with £55,300 match funding to be provided by the Council.

The report states "Proposed sites for the installation of charge points are a mixture of on-street locations and car parks that are conveniently located near to residential properties that do not have off-street parking.

"7kWh charge points are planned at each location in line with Government guidance, as these enable users to conveniently charge their vehicle for longer periods of time near to their residence."

The identified sites are:

Fairview Car Park Alsager
Antrobus Street Car Park Congleton
Wrexham Terrace Car Park Crewe
Bulkeley Street Crewe
Edleston Road Car Park Crewe
Hope Street Car Park Crewe
King Street Car Park Knutsford
Tatton Street Car Park Knutsford
Brook Street Macclesfield
Churchill Way Car Park Macclesfield
Whalley Hayes Car Park Macclesfield
Southway Car Park Middlewich
Snow Hill Car Park Nantwich
Chapel Street Car Park Sandbach
The Carrs Car Park Wilmslow

The funding application was submitted to Government in March 2022 and the Council reported it has received an initial positive response.

Subject to the application being formally approved by Government, work will then proceed to engage local stakeholders, develop detailed designs, procure a supplier, and install the charge points by Spring 2023.

The Highways and Transport Committee is being asked to approve delivery of the next phase of charge point locations at their meeting tomorrow (Thursday, 21st July) to support residents who do not have off street parking, subject to formal approval of the application by Government.