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Two councillors are calling on Newry, Mourne and Down (NMD) District Council to drive Northern Ireland’s switch to electric vehicles at a local level.

Rowallane Councillor Patrick Brown and Downpatrick councillor Cadogan Enright are set to bring two separate motions forward on the issue to NMD’s full council meeting on December 6.

It comes after it was revealed last month that no couCcil in Northern Ireland had yet applied for funding from the UK government to provide electric car charge points in residential areas.

The £20m On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) aims to increase the availability of on-street charge points in residential streets where off-street parking is not available.

The scheme gives local authorities access to grant funding that can be used to part-fund the procurement and installation of on-street EV charge points.

The Department of Infrastructure (DfI) has also indicated that councils could receive £350k match-funding through DfI’s Blue-Green Fund if applicants are successful with ORCS funding.

It’s understood all council’s in Northern Ireland established a consortium in an effort to get an application in before the end of the current financial year.

The first motion – which has lodged been lodged by Cllr Brown – calls on the NMD Council to “introduce free car parking” in council-owned car parks.

Cllr Brown’s motion reads: “In the interest of encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprint and increase the ownership of electric vehicles in the district, the council will introduce free car parking for electric vehicles in all council-owned car parks.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Enright said that the district currently had 13 charging points with six reportedly not working.

The Downpatrick elected representative is calling for the local authority to have EV charging points in every car park owned by NMD within the next year.

“In the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area there are over 7000 officially designated parking bays spread over 180 car parks between Carryduff and County Monaghan,” said councillor Enright

Mostly managed by Active Healthy Committee with a small number managed by Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism Committee.

“These have a total of 13 charging points with 6 of these not currently working. This means that only people with large front gardens with the capacity for charging points can have electric cars in Newry Mourne and Down.

“[This] council sets a target for every car park to have one charging point within one year, and for 5% of all Council-managed parking bays to have charging points by the year 2022/23.

“Ramping up from there to meet the Government’s target (both North and South) of no new diesel or petrol cars being sold by 2030. If possible, this program of investment will mimic Dundee Council and be a  long-term revenue generator for Council.”

The two motions will be presented to members at next week's December Council meeting but are most likely to be heard at committee meetings in the new year.
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