An Eden village hall is the latest to install a free electric vehicle charging station.
Morland and Newby Village Hall’s committee worked with Charge My Street, a Lancaster and Alston-based community benefit society, to install the chargepoint.
The chargepoint uses the hall’s power supply and the cost is reimbursed by Charge My Street.
Ian Barnes, committee treasurer, said: “We were approached by one of the villagers who is keen to get an electric car but doesn’t have a driveway and she asked if the village hall could have a chargepoint.
“We hadn’t thought about this before but once we looked into it, we were put in touch with Charge My Street.
“The process has been extremely straightforward and seamless. Since making the initial contact, the whole process from start to finish has taken less than three months, with the engineers taking just three days to get everything installed.”
The chargepoint has a twin socket allowing two vehicles to charge up at the same time.
Charge My Street director Daniel Heery said: “While many EV users have a driveway in which they can park and charge their car, those of us who rely on on-street parking don’t have this luxury so public charging needs to be a lot more robust, especially in rural areas where car-ownership is very important to being able to get around.
“Village halls like this one are an ideal fit because they’re already very community-minded and looking to improve their area for residents in any way they can.
“Morland and Newby Village Hall have been fantastic from the start.
“It’s really clear that they make every effort to provide assets for their community which you can see from looking at the hall itself with its public defibrillator and solar panels they’d already installed.”