Council-run electric vehicle charging points come to Cheltenham

Published on 9th September 2015

Electric vehicle plugged into charging point

Cheltenham Borough Council has installed electric vehicle charging points in each of its multi-storey car parks as part of an initiative to encourage sustainable travel.

Two spaces are available in the Regent Arcade car park, and two more in Town Centre East car park. The points have been installed with money from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), topped up by funds collected from the Borough Council’s own staff parking charges. It is hoped that they will encourage sustainable travel for Council staff as well as local residents, making a small but positive contribution to air quality.

Owners of electric vehicles benefit by saving money through much lower fuel costs compared to conventional vehicles and through a road tax exemption. Electric vehicles help cut pollutants, as they run on a lithium-ion battery which can be charged at a charging point.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, says: “It’s really positive that Cheltenham is offering the facilities to help people to make use of electric cars more easily. It’s important that we encourage sustainable travel and these new points are a step in the right direction in helping to reduce damage to our environment.

“We are also committed to staff green travel initiatives, so it’s great that we are able to offer public charging points that our staff can also use.”

Further charging points are planned for Cheltenham and details will be announced later in the year.

Normal parking charges will apply in all car parks, but initially, there will be no charge for the electricity.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, telephone 01242 264154, email