DR JAMES Davies, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, has welcomed news that Denbighshire County Council (DCC) has secured a total of £57,400 grant funding to support the delivery of an electric vehicle public charging pilot.

The pilot, funded from the UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, supported by the Energy Saving Trust, will provide fast charging points in eight public car parks across Denbighshire for use by the public and is aimed at opening up possibilities for people to transition to electric vehicles.

The eight locations are as follows:

• Morley Road car park, Rhyl (2 x 22 kilowatt (KW) alternating current (AC) charge points - ability to charge four vehicles)

• Fern Avenue car park, Prestatyn (2 x 7 kW AC – ability to charge four vehicles)

• Bowling Green car park, St Asaph (1 x 22 kW AC - ability to charge two vehicles)

• Factory Ward car park, Denbigh (2 x 22 kilowatt kW AC - ability to charge four vehicles)

• Market Street car park, Llangollen (2 x 22 kW AC - ability to charge four vehicles)

• Pavilion car park, Llangollen (2 x 22 kW AC - ability to charge four vehicles)

• Cae Ddol car park, Ruthin (2 x 7 kW AC - ability to charge four vehicles)

• Craft Centre car park, Ruthin (2 x 22 kW AC - ability to charge four vehicles)

Locations have been selected using a range of criteria including location and accessibility and include a mixture of key routes and car parks close to residential properties without access to off-road parking.

The project is part of the council’s action to tackle climate change following the declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in 2019 and adoption of the Climate and Ecological Change Strategy in 2021.

Dr Davies said: “I was very pleased to hear that DCC has successfully gained £57,400 of UK Government funding to provide such a worthwhile project.

“Ensuring public infrastructure for electric cars is a vital step forward for the county, as more and more people consider switching to an electric vehicle.”

Councillor Brian Jones, DCC’s lead member for waste, transport and the environment, added: “It is fantastic for the council to be part of such an important project which plays a vital part within our aim to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

“Electric vehicles are a big part of our future, so this is an important step for the county.

“They will create healthier surroundings and provide convenience for those community members and visitors who choose to use an electric vehicle.

“These charging points will provide a real advantage to the whole of Denbighshire, but we also hope that some of these locations will be of particular benefit to nearby households with no off-road charging facilities.

“They will also provide useful data to inform potential future expansion analysis of the EV Charging network here in Denbighshire.”

UK transport minister Trudy Harrison said: "Providing reliable and accessible on-street charging is fundamental in our mission to decarbonise transport and achieve our net zero targets.

"I am delighted to see Denbighshire has received this funding through our £20 million On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, and I hope this pilot encourages the local community to go green and make the important switch to electric vehicles."