Electric vehicle charging points
Working in partnership with Kent County Council, we have installed several charging points in Tunbridge Wells. Each point can charge up two cars at the same time.
The charging points are located in marked bays.
- Great Hall car park - Level 3 (since 2015)
- Crescent Road car park - Level 1 (since 2015)
- Yew Tree Road - rear of car park (since 2019)
Normal 'parking charges' and maximum 'length of stay' will apply as set out in the individual car parks. You are advised to check these requirements prior to parking and charging.
- Mount Pleasant Road - near the train station due to go live at the end of June 2021 (a rapid charger with one space for Taxi and private hire vehicles only with the other space useable by all EV drivers)
The charger at Mount Pleasant Rd. will be 'pay-as-you-go', or via Swarco E.Connect.
These bays are subject to a 1-hour time parking limit with no return within two hours and are currently free for parking.
Further information on additional public charging points in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells is available on Zap-Map.
Zap-Map also provides information on electric vehicles, how to charge your EV and much more.
Peer-to-Peer EV charging networks
Whilst the Council cannot endorse this provision, opportunities exist for EV owners to make use of private charge points via such platforms as peer-to-peer EV charging networks – Zap-Home and Zap-Work, or for example Bookmycharge. These are designed to allow charge point owners to share their devices with other EV drivers.
Some general information about peer to peer charging can be found on the Spirit Energy website.
However, we recommend you review all available information on this type of charging and if appropriate for you, make your own suitable arrangements.
Switching to an electric vehicle can be a great way to reduce your environmental impact and could save you money! Further information can be found on the Government's Go Ultra Low website.
However, while we welcome efforts to decarbonise the transport sector, switching to an electric vehicle, without also reducing our car use will not be enough. Swapping to an electric vehicle is only part of the solution and will provide access to a cleaner car as and when needed. We also encourage more walking and cycling, use of sustainable public transport and car sharing using Car Clubs and sharing journey’s as appropriate.
Placing new chargers
We are currently working with other Kent local authorities and Kent County Council (KCC) to review opportunities to place more charging points in our car parks.
You cannot place your own charger on public roads, or run charging cables across paths, as this is dangerous for pedestrians.
Guidance for planning applicants
The council has developed the following guidance note for planning applicants.
This document is referenced in the emerging draft Local Plan and details the expectations of the local planning authority for various types of development.