All of the district's 132 charging points for electric vehicles (EV) are now up and running.
This is a picture of charging points for electric cars.
These are in the following car parks:
- Tram Road Car Park
- Sandgate Road Car Park
- Wilberforce Road Car Park, Sandgate
- Dymchurch Central Car Park
- Church Road Car Park, New Romney
- Station Road, The Sidings, Lyminge
- Upper Payers
- The Paddocks, Hythe
- Mount Street, Hythe
- The Lade
- Shellons Street Car Park
- Military Road Car Park
- West Street, Car Park
- High Knocke
- Twiss Fort Car Park Hythe
- Battery Point
- Pleydell Gardens
- Lower Payers Car Park, Mill Bay
- East Cliff Pavilion
- Jolly Fisherman, Greatstone
- Fisherman's Beach
- Castle Road Car Park, Sandgate
- The Coastal Park Car Park
- Broomfield Road Car Park
- Civic Centre Car Park
- Lower Sandgate Road West Car Park
How it has happened
Folkestone & Hythe District Council has partnered with Kent County Council and five other local authorities for the roll out, which will see one of the largest networks of consistent charging points.
The new charging points are being installed by Connected Kerb, one of the UK's biggest providers. The six existing off-street points, provided by F&HDC, will be replaced. A total of 23 charging points provided by commercial businesses are already in place and will remain.
The charging points offer a mixture of fast 7Kwh, 22kw and rapid 50Kwh, depending on the location. They will be in 25 of the district's 27 car parks (unfortunately, some of the car parks are unsuitable).
For a guide as to how the charging points work, go to: Connected Kerb
The Kent picture
A total of 600 points will be installed across the county over the next two years, with districts applying for 75% funding through KCC, and Connected Kerb funding the remaining 25%.
The other five authorities are Gravesham Borough Council, Medway Council, Sevenoaks District Council, Thanet District Council, and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.
Cllr Lesley Whybrow, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said the installation is part of the council's pledge to drive down its carbon footprint. She added: "I am delighted that we are increasing the number of EV charging points in our district and I hope that this will give people the confidence to consider changing to an electric vehicle."
Cllr Ray Field, Cabinet Member for Transport and Digital Transformation, said for people who have to use cars, making EV charging accessible was a priority: "Knowing that you will be able to arrive at virtually any car park in the district, at any time, in any vehicle and easily charge your battery is the way forward for us all."
Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, praised the "forward-thinking" district authorities and Kent County Council for joining forces on the project, which he said: "Provides a blueprint for other local authorities across the UK to do the same."