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Councillor offers reassurance to electric vehicle users in Ellon

By Kirsty Brown

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An Ellon councillor is reassuring people that issues with public electric vehicle charging units in Ellon are in line to be fixed.

The charging points are maintained by Charge Place Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, however they are hosted by Aberdeenshire Council who provide sites, install the units and supply power to the units.

Customers are charged to use the public charging points which covers energy and an administrative cost.

After hearing from a constituent that most of the charging points in Ellon were out of action, councillor Gillian Owen reported the issue and started making enquiries about why it was taking so long to remediate.

She learned that lockdown restrictions created a backlog of maintenance issues for Charge Place Scotland, however has been reassured that with the help of Aberdeenshire Council they are working to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Councillor Gillian Owen.
Councillor Gillian Owen.

Councillor Owen said: "I had a report from a constituent that they were all out of action, I proceeded to check both sites and was able to confirm that only one in the Park And Ride was operational.

"Consequently I was able to use the Aberdeenshire Council App to report them as broken down and make Aberdeenshire Council aware of issues relating to EV units in Ellon.

"They do appreciate that this is extremely frustrating and inconvenient to customers who rely on the EV charging network.

"I have asked officers to liaise with Charge Place Scotland and their contractors to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.

“It is obvious that Charge Place Scotland have not been able to respond to faults as quickly as they previously were able to due to a backlog in maintenance issues caused by previous lockdown restrictions and also delays in the supply of some parts.

"Having spoken with Officers I am assured that despite this Aberdeenshire Council are seeking an early resolution to the issues with Charge Place Scotland to ensure that customers can continue to access the EV network.”

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