Published Wednesday 20 September 2023 at 10:52
Residents in Blackburn with Darwen are being invited to have their say on proposed new charging points for electric vehicles.
It’s estimated that there’ll be almost 30,000 EVs on the road in the borough by 2030.
The Council has now been asked by the Government to look at where charging points could be installed in areas where residents don’t have easy access to off-street parking, including rows of terraced housing.
To help find the best places, residents are being asked to take part in a short survey, available to view at Blackburn.gov.uk
Councillor Quesir Mahmood, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Growth and Development, said:
Tackling the climate change crisis is a key priority for the Council.
We declared a climate emergency in 2019 and we’ve set a target to be carbon neutral by 2030.
We’re working hard to do all we can to reduce our own emissions and want to do everything we can to support residents to do the same.
According to research, it’s estimated that one in three cars in Blackburn with Darwen will be electric by 2030.
We know that it can be difficult for those who don’t have access to a charging point on a driveway or garage and now we’ve been asked by Government to look at where they could be installed for those motorists.
This survey is a chance for our residents to have their say – whether they have an EV currently or not.
They know our borough best and their input will be truly valuable in helping us find the best locations for them.
You can take part in the survey now by clicking this link
You don’t have to own an EV or be looking to buy one in the near future and it takes only a few minutes to complete.
The survey will run until 5pm on Tuesday. October 31st.
Volunteers are also being sought for three new focus groups taking place over September 27th and 28th that will also help inform the findings.
They’ll last two hours each with participants being offered a £25 e-shopping voucher for taking part.
To find out more about those, please click this link.
You can read more about what the Council is doing to tackle the climate change crisis by clicking here.
There’s also a full Climate Emergency Action Plan that can be viewed here.