Community Planning Partners receive grant for green vehicle

COMMUNITIES will benefit from an £81,000 grant from Transport Scotland this spring as the Community Planning Partnership investigates the viability of electric vehicles in the Outer Hebrides.

Third Sector Hebrides, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles will all receive funding through the OHCPP to enable them to purchase electric vehicles or associated infrastructure which will be sited in Stornoway and the Uists.

In addition Lews Castle College will assist the project by monitoring the use and savings provided by the vehicles over their 3 year life span and investigating whether this type of green energy is a commercial option for partners in the Outer Hebrides.

Third Sector Hebrides has used its share of the grant to buy an electric Eurobus with disabled access.

Alasdair Nicolson, Chief Executive of Third Sector Hebrides, spoke of the potential benefits saying:

“Working in partnership with Community Planning and utilising the Scottish Government’s low carbon procurement scheme we are investing in an electric vehicle which we would not otherwise have been able to afford. This will add a new pioneering dimension to our community transport operations and enable us to seek to sustain services for our clients and community members at a time when fuel prices, already high in the Islands, are increasing further.”

Angus Campbell, Chairman of the OHCPP, also welcomed the grant award stating: “This fund will help the Partnership work toward its target of a Carbon Positive Outer Hebrides and investigate the viability of electrical vehicles in rural areas.

“The data gathered through this project will be integral to driving the Partnership’s green agenda forward and achieving the targets set out in our Single Outcome Agreement.”

The OHCPP is a partnership organisation led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and includes representation from NHS Western Isles, the Voluntary Sector, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the emergency services. Its aim is to encourage partnership working among agencies throughout the Outer Hebrides in order to nurture and stimulate the unique culture, economy and environment.

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