Installation of charging points for electric vehicles at Wigston Leisure Centre now complete

Published: Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The rollout of 100% renewable energy electric vehicle charge points across the borough began in March 2021, as part of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council’s commitment to cut carbon emissions.

With the support from the Energy Saving Trust, the Council obtained 75% of the cost of the £100k project from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. A further 15% has been contributed by Electric Blue (EB Charging).

The installation works, undertaken by EB Charging, are now complete at Wigston Leisure Centre in Wigston. From 9 April, residents and visitors in Oadby and Wigston will be able to use the charge points.

To use the points motorists will simply need to download the Electric Blue Payment App on their smartphone. The app is available through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

There is a helpful user guide and some frequently asked questions available on our website here: https://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/electric_vehicle_charge_points to assist people with using the chargers.

In total, there will be 15 dual charging points, each of which can be used by up to two vehicles at a time, spread across three prime locations in the borough. The installation work at Aylestone Lane Car Park, Wigston and East Street Car Park, Oadby will be completed in the next few weeks.

Once the work is completed at all three sites, EB Charging will continue to maintain and operate the charge points.

Adrian Thorpe, Head of The Built Environment at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council said:

“It is essential that we help our residents move away from petrol and diesel cars to tackle the issues of air pollution and the climate emergency.

By working with EB Charging to provide these charge points, we hope that residents will be encouraged to switch to more renewable methods of transport and we particularly hope that they will be of use to residents who do not have private driveways but wish to move to owning an electric vehicle.

We are pleased that the chargers at Wigston Leisure Centre are now up and running and we look forward to the completion of work at the two remaining sites in the coming weeks.”

EB Charging’s Chief Executive Officer Dan O’Hara said:

“EB Charging has been working closely with Oadby & Wigston Council over the past couple of months to install new electric vehicle chargers throughout the district.

Today, we are pleased to reveal the first set of six Alfen Fast chargers fully installed and working at Wigston Leisure Centre, part of a total of 15 being installed this spring.

With more journeys expected from 12 April as Government lockdown guidelines ease, this is a great opportunity for drivers across Oadby & Wigston to access more electric vehicle charging points.”