SB Connect Winter 2016

Council and its partners go electric

Ewan Jackson, Councillor Ron Smith and Keith Nairn, Senior Librarian – Adult Services at Live Borders, with three of the electric vehicles

Staff at the Council, SB Cares and Live Borders now have the opportunity to use an environmentally friendly method of travel after funding from Transport Scotland was used to buy six electric vehicles.

Live Borders, the joint and sports and culture trust for the region, has a vehicle based at their Galashiels headquarters, while two electric cars are also available for SB Cares staff. Three of the eco-vehicles are used by SBC’s waste, neighbourhood services and SB Contracts staff.

The vehicles for SB Cares have increased flexibility and enabled staff to support service users to visit places and achieve outcomes not possible beforehand, including going tenpin bowling in Edinburgh and fruit picking near Kelso.

SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, Councillor Ron Smith, said: “This is a great example of the Council and Live Borders working together to ensure their staff have access to new efficient vehicles which are environmentally friendly.

“As well as the obvious environmental benefits, electric vehicles can save money, with fuel costs of three to four pence per mile compared to 10 pence per mile for the average family car.

“The number of rapid charging points across Scotland is increasing all the time and as you can see, the Council is keen to promote this cleaner form of transport.”

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Live Borders, added: “Having access to an electric vehicle is a most welcome new asset that will be of benefit both to our staff and the local environment.”

 

A list of charging points in the Borders is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/electricvehicles