Charging points for electronic cars are identified

NINE locations have been identified for charging points for electronic cars in the borough.

Four of those points will be at Craigavon Council maintained sites. They are the Civic Centre, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Brownlow Hub/Craigavon Leisure Centre and Fairgreen Amenity Site.

In Lurgan there are plans for a charging point at the Lough Road Park n Ride while in Craigavon eCars should be able to recharge at Rushmere.

Proposals are afoot for three charging points in Portadown - at DRD car parks in Meadow Lane and Magowan Building and at the Seagoe Hotel.

At the most recent council meeting DUP Alderman Stephen Moutray said: “Every day I pass by one of these charging points and I’m yet to see any cars using it. When I do I’ll go over an shake their hands.

“Let’s hope sooner or later they start using them.”

He added: “I don’t think Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is one of the most appropriate locations. Especially at 10 or 11 at night when the gates are closed.”

Director of Environmental Services Lorraine Crawford told the meeting: “These points were discussed with DRD and members. The one at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is intended for people attending conferences.”