The move comes as direct response to his request, along with an increased demand for the service over recent months. The new site at Quay Street comes not long after Councillor Muir ensured the eCar Charger at Bangor Aurora was back up and running, after many months out of service.
He said: “I would like to commend the tenacity of those eCar users who have relentlessly campaigned to raise need for the additional eCar Charger Bay at Quay Street, highlighting increased usage and the economic benefits with a number of eCar users travelling to Bangor to shop or visit local eateries but denied ability to re-charge their vehicle due to lack of two eCar charge bay spaces.
“Despite the charger offering the functionality to charge two vehicles at the same time only one dedicated eCar charger bay is currently available.
“After raising the evidence provided by eCar users I am delighted Department for Regional Development has agreed to progress my request and have started the process of providing two eCar Charger Bays at Quay Street. With the legislative process to provide two bays now underway I hope consultees will respond positively to this proposal and enable eCar provision to move up a gear.
“With oil a finite fossil fuel and issue of Climate Change of growing importance it’s vital we create a suitable infrastructure to enable eCar users to recharge their vehicles when visiting our local Towns.
“After achieving success at both Bangor Aurora and Quay Street sites I am now progressing a project to deliver an eCar charge point in Holywood Town Centre and will work with all parties to ensure this busy Town has necessary infrastructure to facilitate eCar users visiting the Town for leisure, business or otherwise.”