Dear North East Combined Authority,

These queries relate to the North East Joint Transportation Committee (NEJTC).

Useful information that shall form the foundation of these queries:

• Up-to 40% of households in the UK have no form of off-street parking (Pod-Point, 2018).
• OLEV & Go Ultra Low expect the majority of Electric Vehicle (EV) owners to charge their vehicles at home/overnight.
• OLEV & Go Ultra Low actively encourage individuals to contact their council for support in implementing an on-street charging point solution in their area. The Energy Saving Trust also offer support.
• There is £10Million capital funding allocated to on-street residential charging for the years 2020-2021.

1. What strategies have been or will be in place for all the combined local authorities to support families seeking support for OLEV 75% funded capital relating to ‘On-street Charging’ infrastructure for homes with no off-street parking?

2. Have the NEJTC discussed the challenges and ways to overcome the problem of owning an electric vehicle with no driveway and or off-street parking? - If yes, please provide the strategy.

3. What measures have been taken or planned for the combined authorities involved and their obligation to the NEJTC for supplying disabled EV Bays?

4. What measures are currently in place or planned to support individuals or families with disabled parking in charging their electric vehicles?

5. Have the NEJTC and all involved local authorities considered The Equality Act (2010) and introduced reasonable adaptations to ensure disabled EV owners/passengers are not disadvantaged and therefore have the ability to charge their vehicle and access their vehicles in larger bays?

6. As per the bid awarded to Fastned in 2019 for charging points in Blyth, Whitley Bay, Kingston Park and Gateshead when are these EV charging stations planned for implementation?

7. Is there any intention of the involved local authorities (excluding South Tyneside) for a bid of the £10M capital funding for on-street charging? - If not, please provide a reason.

Yours faithfully,

M. Emmerson

NECA FOI, North East Combined Authority

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Svetla Garchova,

Re: Your request for information concerning:

Supporting Electric Vehicle Adoption

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request made to the North East Combined Authority. Sunderland City Council is the lead authority for responses to FOI requests made to NECA.

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Best Regards,
Svetla Garchova
Data Protection Office
People, Communications and Partnerships
Sunderland City Council
Tel: 0191 561 1302

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Svetla Garchova,

Dear M Emmerson

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that NECA does hold this information, as detailed below.
Please find below, the information you have requested and our response.

1. What strategies have been or will be in place for all the combined local authorities to support families seeking support for OLEV 75% funded capital relating to ‘On-street Charging’ infrastructure for homes with no off-street parking?

2. Have the NEJTC discussed the challenges and ways to overcome the problem of owning an electric vehicle with no driveway and or off-street parking? - If yes, please provide the strategy.

3. What measures have been taken or planned for the combined authorities involved and their obligation to the NEJTC for supplying disabled EV Bays?

4. What measures are currently in place or planned to support individuals or families with disabled parking in charging their electric vehicles?

5. Have the NEJTC and all involved local authorities considered The Equality Act (2010) and introduced reasonable adaptations to ensure disabled EV owners/passengers are not disadvantaged and therefore have the ability to charge their vehicle and access their vehicles in larger bays?

6. As per the bid awarded to Fastned in 2019 for charging points in Blyth, Whitley Bay, Kingston Park and Gateshead when are these EV charging stations planned for implementation?

7. Is there any intention of the involved local authorities (excluding South Tyneside) for a bid of the £10M capital funding for on-street charging? - If not, please provide a reason.

The North East is currently in the process of developing a Transport Plan for the region which will set out our commitment to transport policies and projects in the period up until 2035. An Electric Vehicle infrastructure policy will form part of the Plan which will set our approach to supporting and encouraging the region to meet the government’s target of banning the selling of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in the UK by 2035. The policy will ensure that all statutory government legislation including the Equality Act will be met to ensure that infrastructure provision is inclusive and accessible to all.

We will consult the public on our Transport Plan, including the EV policy, this summer for a period of 12 weeks. You are very welcome to respond to the consultation. Current timescales indicate that the Transport Plan will be adopted and published by the end of this year.

As a region, we are committed to extending Electric Vehicle charging provision, so we can play our part in meeting government targets for every new car and van to be zero emission by 2035. You may already be aware that we have received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the European Regional Development Fund to expand the provision of EV charging infrastructure in the North East. This project has delivered an EV filling station at West Wear Street in Sunderland city centre and we are in the process of installing eleven rapid charging hubs at the following sites across the region;
•Smithy Square Car Park, Cramlington
•Gateshead Leisure Centre, Gateshead
•Metro Centre, Gateshead
•St Nicholas Car Park, Gosforth
•Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham
•Beaconsfield Car Park, Tynemouth
•Site in Gateshead yet to be confirmed
•Kingston Park, Newcastle,
•Speculation Place, Washington
•Blyth Keel Row shopping centre
•Bournemouth Gardens, Whitley Bay

All of these sites are in various stages of delivery, with several already in commission. All sites will be delivered by summer 2020

I note your point regarding the £10 million on-street charging fund. The fund is only open to Highways Authorities and, as the North East Combined Authority is not a highways authority, we are not able to apply for the fund. It is up to each individual local authority to decide whether they would like to apply for funding.

This information has been provided in response to a Freedom of Information request and this must be acknowledged in any subsequent use of the information. In addition, the authority must be notified of any proposed re-use of this information for commercial or other purposes.

Kind Regards,
Svetla Garchova
Data Protection Office
People, Communications and Partnerships
Sunderland City Council
Tel: 0191 561 1302

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