ELECTRIC car charging points are set to be installed as part of a council’s bid to become carbon neutral by 2050.

At a full council meeting yesterday, it was revealed that charging points would be added in a range of different locations.

The council announcement means that charging ports will be installed in spaces, such as public car parks, as part of a “pro-active” bid to tackle climate change.

Wealden District Council, which covers much of East Sussex, is also rolling out other plans such as the installation of solar panels on private homes.

There will also be new vehicles for its waste contractor, which run off vegetable oil.

Councillor Roy Galley, the council’s portfolio holder for climate change, called on the council to welcome progress made at October’s COP26 conference in Glasgow on methane emissions, deforestation and reducing the use of coal.

Cllr Galley said the council’s plans are a good “start” to becoming more eco-conscious.

He said: “In Wealden we are taking a very pro-active line and we have our climate change action plan.

The Argus: The plan was agreed yesterday at a full council meetingThe plan was agreed yesterday at a full council meeting

“We are about to roll out electric vehicle charging points and we are presently undertaking a significant procurement exercise for the provision of EV charging in our own public car parks.

“There’s already large supplies of renewable energy in Wealden. We have adapted our main properties with energy efficiency and solar panels. We are progressing the roll out of solar panels to private homes and businesses and we have a detailed plan for our housing stock.

“We are working with our waste contractor on new vehicles for the fleet which also looks at hydro-treated vegetable oil as a novel solution.

“There’s a lot more to be done but it’s a start and it’s important to highlight to people and emphasize that we have a positive pro-active government policy and a positive pro-active Wealden policy.”

The council stated that further details on the roll out of electric vehicle charging points will be available in the coming weeks.

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