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Have your say on electric vehicle infrastructure in West Sussex

Last year, West Sussex County Council asked residents what would help them make the switch to electric vehicles.

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The survey showed that lack of public charging points and range anxiety were significant factors discouraging people from switching. 

The council has produced a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy taking into account those results and is going out to consult publicly over the next month before it is formally adopted.

Open from today (Tuesday 27 August) – Tuesday 1 October, residents, businesses and commuters into the county are being asked 16 questions to see if the strategy will help address the initial barriers and give individuals the confidence to switch to EV’s.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2019, the Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles aims for all vehicles to be low emission by 2050. 

“The council needs to start preparing for this transition and support the wider county so that its businesses and residents are not disadvantaged.  

“Ultimately, early investment in infrastructure to support the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to alternative fuels is critical. Long-term this will also help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the county.

“With electric vehicles looking to be similar price wise to conventional vehicles in the UK as early as 2021, we want the public’s view on our draft strategy so we can make sure it’s fit for purpose. Whether you currently own or drive an electric vehicle, are considering buying one in the future, or even if you have no plans to switch, we would like to hear from you.”

All consultation responses will help shape the final Electric Vehicle Strategy before a Cabinet Member Decision is taken in December to formally adopt the strategy.

You can take part by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/evconsultation

If you require the survey in an alternative format, please contact the Sustainability team on 0330 222 6455 or via email at sustainability@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone you can contact them on 18001 0330 222 6455.

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Crawley-based Thales add their support to national campaign to find RAF veterans in need

Crawley-based Thales in the UK have given their backing to a national campaign to find RAF veterans in need. Second World War pilot George Dunn DFC spoke to staff earlier this week and explained why the RAF Benevolent Fund’s appeal is so important.

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Ninety-seven-year-old George, who lives near Brighton, told Thales employees about his wartime service, flying with Bomber Command having signed up to the RAF at the tender age of 17. George described one of the most famous operations he took part in – the raid on Peenemunde, which destroyed the Nazis V Bomber capability.

George was joined by RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassadors Bob Greig and Rob Bugden, who are both also RAF veterans. They were representing the charity, which Thales has been a generous supporter of, to ask staff to join its centenary campaign to help RAF veterans.

Bob, who lives in Woking, explained:

“The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched this campaign to mark 100 years of support it has already given to the RAF Family, serving and retired personnel and their families. We’re aiming to double the number of people who receive help, from 53,000 people to 100,000 people and to do that we need the help of companies like Thales in the UK.

“If you know anyone who served in the RAF who may be in need, urge them to get in touch with the RAF Benevolent Fund. They have been there for me in my darkest hour and ever since, and all RAF personnel should know that comfort.” 

Thales in the UK has been a long-term supporter of the Fund, having donated more than £100,000 to date, and also have a representative, Malcolm Crayford, on the Fund’s Centenary Campaign Advisory Board, who commented;

“Over the last 100 years, Thales has enjoyed a long heritage of supporting the Royal Air Force; we have also supported the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Today, Thales is proud to be supporting a new campaign from the RAF Benevolent Fund to get Royal Air Force veterans in need back on the radar.”

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