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Deputy mayor opens Walney’s first electric vehicle chargepoint

West Point House is now the first place on Walney Island and one of the first in Barrow to be equipped with electric vehicle (EV) charging points. A double socket has been installed by Lancaster company “Charge My Street” with the hope of increasing charging opportunities for locals and the 40 residents of West Point House.

Deputy mayor of Barrow Helen Wall officially opened the chargepoint as it gave its first charge to an EV this week. Helen said: “I was very thrilled to take part in launching the chargepoint today. We in Barrow are proud to have a low carbon committee and all our members are extremely passionate about low carbon issues. This chargepoint represents a great step forward for Walney”.

Throughout the period of national lockdown, the owners of West Point House have been busy planning their return. Always innovative and environmentally conscious, Heather and John strive to reduce the impact of their business whilst maintaining the comfort of their guests.

The installation was part of an ongoing project to establish 100 new publicly accessible EV chargepoints across Cumbria and Lancashire. Charge My Street are still looking for sites that are eligible for further installations.

Heather Cockett Phillips, joint owner of West Point House said: “We are truly delighted that we are able to offer our residents and the wider community the opportunity to go green and use an electric car. Recent weeks where people have had to stay at home and not travel in their cars has shown a reduction in pollution levels -wouldn’t it be great if we could keep this going to reduce the damage humans do to the earth!”

Charge My Street is a community benefit society that installs and operates EV charge points funded through share offer investment from members of the public.

Will Maden of Charge My Street said: “The level on enthusiasm for more sustainable ways of living we’ve seen on Walney has been brilliant to see. We are looking for sites where landowners have a desire to see more EVs on the roads and a sense of benefit to their community and we have certainly found that at West Point House”.

The news comes at a time when the UK government has announced its own plans for expanding the EV network across the nation as well as statistics showing a rapid increase in uptake of EV use among the populace.

Charge My Street will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30th June about their project to install 100 EV chargepoints. Anyone who would like to discover more about the project or attend the webinar should register.

West Point House offers quality self-catering accommodation for business and leisure guests, it has a great conference and meeting room that is available for hire and offers unbeatable rates to the local and community groups.

The EV point is another USP to add to the ever-growing list of reasons to consider West Point House for accommodation, business and community meetings!

For more information on hosting a chargepoint and to see if your site is eligible, visit www.chargemystreet.co.uk/host

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