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Ayrshire’s new public EV charging tariff – update
South Ayrshire Council along with East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Councils, is set to introduce a new EV charging tariff from 1 April 2024.
The tariff below will apply at all public Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) across Ayrshire:
- Fast /AC (7kW): £0.31 per kWh
• Fast /AC (22kW): £0.31 per kWh
• Rapid /DC (50kW): £0.37 per kWh.
(with a minimum spend of £5)
From empty, a 7kW Fast /AC charger should take approximately 4-6 hours to recharge a battery. While a 22kW Fast /AC charger should take 1-2 hours. A Rapid /DC 50kW charger should completely recharge a battery in under an hour.
There are currently 35 public EVCP at 30 locations across South Ayrshire. Some of the charging points have been affected by frequent overstays, so penalties will also be introduced from 1 April, to ensure charging points are available for others to use.
For overstays on a Fast /AC charger, there will be a £30 penalty after 5 hours between 8:00am and 10:00pm. For Rapid /DC chargers, a £30 penalty will apply after the first hour between 8:00am and 10:00pm.
There is currently no EV charging tariff within South Ayrshire for the use of public EVCPs. In 2022/23, the Council spent approximately £500,000 on the electricity supply at public facing and fleet charging points.
The introduction of the tariff at EVCPs will cover the public electricity cost and operation and replacement.
Councillor Bob Pollock, Economic Development Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “With more electric vehicles on our roads, and a Scottish Government commitment to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035, we need to build our EV charging network, which the new tariff will help us achieve.
“EV driving should be encouraged, so we’re charging 37 pence per kWh at a rapid charging station which is 13 pence cheaper than the Scottish local authority average.
“We continue to support the transition to greener forms of transportation while helping to build and support a thriving economy.”
When the new tariff arrives on 1 April 2024, members of the public will continue to use their Chargeplace Scotland card to access the charger network. Their bank details are assigned to their card and debited by SWARCO who operate the charging units.
The development of a network of chargers throughout South Ayrshire has been largely funded through Transport Scotland’s annual Charge place Scotland (CPS) grants, however other sources of funding have been used in recent years.
Fast /AC (7kW): £0.31 per kWh
Fast /AC (22kW): £0.31 per kWh
Rapid /DC (50kW): £0.37 per kWh.
(with a minimum spend of £5)
Please note – quotes attributed to Councillors or Chief Officers should not be amended prior to use in online or print publications.
Are you worried that an adult could be at risk of harm?
Throughout South Ayrshire there are some adults who are more at risk from harm, due to illness, trauma and physical or mental health conditions.
This Tuesday 20 February is Adult Support and Protection Day, and the South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership is urging everyone to look out for signs of harm and report any concerns, ensuring those at risk can receive the help and support they need to live safely.
As well as physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm, individuals can also be at risk through neglect or self-neglect. Additionally, adults may find themselves dependent on alcohol and/or other drugs and lose awareness of the situation they are living in – or the consequences of decisions they make.
Harm can happen anywhere – in someone’s home, where they work, or in a public place – and is often caused by the people closest to them. It can even happen in places responsible for keeping someone safe, such as a care home, hospital or day centre.
It’s important to speak up about any concerns you have, as the person may not be able to do so themselves.
Jim Kerr, Independent Chair of the Adult Protection Committee said, “Our teams are here for you, so please don’t suffer in silence. Remember that not all abuse is physical, and if you’re concerned about your wellbeing, get in touch with us. We all have a part to play so please be vigilant and do not assume that someone else has already reported an incident of harm or abuse; see something, say something.”
Brenda Walker, National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator for Scotland, said: “It can be difficult to know what to do when you’re worried about someone, and you might feel that you don’t want to interfere. However, reporting your concerns could really help to keep someone safe and turn their life around.
“The current cost of living crisis is making it even more difficult for those who are looking after others, or struggling to take care of themselves, so it’s more important right now than ever to keep your eyes open for signs of harm.
“Everyone has a role to play in keeping those in their communities safe, so I would encourage anyone who has seen something that worries them to please say something.”
If you’re worried that someone is at risk of harm or neglect from others – or harming or neglecting themselves – contact your local community care team on 0300 123 0900, or for out of hours support call 0800 328 7758. More details can be found on the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership website: https://hscp.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/adult-protection
Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101, or call 999 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.
- Adult Support and Protection Day 2024 – Pan Ayrshire Adult Support and Protection Day 2024 – Pan Ayrshire
The Youth Awards Ceremony are taking place on 17th of April at Ayr Town Hall from 6pm to 9pm.
Nominations are now open!
Do you know a young person aged 11 – 25 who has made a positive difference in South Ayrshire? NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the following categories to recognise and celebrate the impactful work young people do in the community:
- Phoenix Award
- Mental Health & Wellbeing Award
- Young Environmentalist Award
- Outstanding Community Service Award
- Arts & Culture Award
- Digital Award
- Skills & Development Award
- Young Volunteer Award
- Youth Project Award
The Youth Awards is planned together with local young people and celebrates young people of South Ayrshire and highlights the incredible things that young people do, the life barriers that they overcome, and the support they give to our community. Anyone aged 11 plus can nominate for a young person or group aged 11 to 25 years living, studying or working in South Ayrshire.
Nominate via the Microsoft Forms link here or paper copies are available. If you have any questions or need to request/return paper forms, please contact Lynn Dillon at Lynn.Dillon@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
South Ayrshire Council Budget Consultation – Now Open
South Ayrshire Council has launched a new budget consultation ahead of the 2024/25 budget, which will be set on Thursday 29 February.
The consultation is now live and will remain open until Sunday 30 June. This will allow residents to have their say and provide suggestions on ways we can increase income, reduce costs and achieve savings over the next three years.
The Council is reliant on funding from two main sources – Council tax, which makes up 20% of our income, and a block grant from the Scottish Government which makes up 78% of our overall budget. We also use around 2% of our reserve funds to support our local spend.
Like all local authorities, we can’t control the amount of funding that comes from the Scottish Government. This funding is strongly driven by the impact of national policy and commitments. This means that an increasing portion of Council budgets is ring-fenced to drive national policy initiatives, and for the protection of services like education and health and social care.
In December 2023, we received notification about our block grant from the Scottish Government for 2024-25, and unfortunately it is not enough to cover our current spend plus expected rising costs. As a result, we need to look for new ways to reduce costs and generate more income.
The consultation is now open here https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/budget-consultation24-25
Councillor Ian Davis, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, HR and ICT said: “Alongside rising costs, the block grant we receive each year from the Scottish Government to fund and deliver our vital public services is continually decreasing, so we need to make substantial savings in the coming years.
“We expect that we need to save around twenty-nine million pounds over the next three years, rising to nearly forty-six million pounds over five years. I’d like to reassure residents that we will prioritise protecting our vital services, but we do need to focus on generating more income. This aligns with the feedback from last year’s budget consultation, where a larger proportion of people said they would prefer price increases for services rather than service reductions or cuts.
“In addition to agreeing savings that will impact on 2024-25, as part of the budget this year, we will consider a programme of activities designed to address the savings targets over the next two years.
“Once the budget is approved on Thursday 29 February, a list of the proposed activities will be published and the consultation will remain open so residents can have their say on the plans that are being developed.”
Communication is a key priority for the South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP). We want to ensure that residents of South Ayrshire and our staff have the best possible access to information and can have a say in how we communicate with them.
We would like to get your thoughts both on how we communicate now and how we can improve our content and activity to ensure we are providing the best possible service to both communities and staff.
This short survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. Closing date 15th March 2024 at 5pm
We would appreciate if you can share this survey with your networks as appropriate. If this survey is required in hard copy please contact email@example.com
Troon Community Council invites Senior and Junior entries for this years Civic Award 2024. Nominations in by 29/02/24
Troon Community Council invites entries for this years Civic Award. The Guidelines are attached below.
For the first time TCC are also opening up a junior category, aimed at a Young Person (under 18), who has shown initiative in assisting the community, caring for people, promoting charitable causes etc over the past year.
Nominations in writing to the TCC Chair, Frances Carson, Troon Council Chambers, 8 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF by 29/2/24.
Do you, or does someone you know, live with a neurological condition such as MS, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Huntington’s or brain injury and access care and support services in Ayrshire – either in your / their own home, in the community or through specialist neuro support services?
We’re running a short survey to gather your thoughts on the care and support you / they receive.
The results will help to shape improvements and future services, as well as ensuring we are meeting the national General Standards for Neurological Care and Support.
Posts will be shared regularly throughout the consultation period on the SA HSCP social media channels, we would be grateful if you could please share these on your own service’s social media channels where appropriate.
An additional survey for staff who work in services that provide support to anyone with a neurological condition can also be filled in online. This is not limited to staff specifically working in neurology or neurological rehabilitation, but can include services such as Care at Home, community or inpatient mental health, paediatrics, drug and alcohol services, Third Sector organisations and care homes.
Deadline for both surveys is 26th February
Please see attached the Spring programme for South Ayrshire Community Transport’s Out & About trips.
South Ayrshire Wellbeing Pledge Showcase. Friday 17th May ,2024 10am – 3pm – Troon Town Hall and Walker Hall,
The South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) invite you to join us for our South Ayrshire Wellbeing Pledge Showcase. This event is an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing work being done throughout South Ayrshire to help our communities to Start Well, Live Well and Age well.
There will be an opportunity to explore our marketplace stalls to hear directly from teams and organisations as well as our showcase poster wall which will help demonstrate achievements so far.
Save the date today:
- Friday 17th May 2024
- 10am – 3pm
- Troon Town Hall and Walker Hall,
South Beach, Troon,
Please see our promotional poster for more information and to book your place today!
Please note: If you are interested in booking a stall, submitting a poster or would like to be considered for the morning presentation slots please click here to register your interest. Due to the volume of interest, spaces are limited so please get in touch as soon as possible. Support will be provided to all our participants. You will be contacted after the closing date for applications which is Friday 15th March 2024 at 12pm.