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YHA A First For Ninebanks As It Charges Up For EVS
    28/09/2012 09:23

A First For Ninebanks As It Charges Up For EVS

A NORTHUMBERLAND youth hostel is putting puppy power behind the drive for electric vehicles (EVs) with the introduction of two new charging points. And, to coincide with the move, the owners of the accommodation have named their new dog Evie.

Ninebanks Youth Hostel, based on the outskirts of Hexham in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has further boosted its green credentials with the launch of the new charge points which were installed by Charge your Car (CYC), the North East’s Plugged in Places scheme.

The four-star YHA Ninebanks has become the first hostel in the UK to introduce EV chargers after receiving funding from CYC towards their installation. The CYC scheme is aiming to make the North East the home of Europe’s most advanced electric-vehicle charging network.

Pauline Elliott, has been running Ninebanks Youth Hostel since 1991 with her family who are now joined by the latest addition, four month old Labrador and Old English Sheepdog cross Evie. Pauline says that the installation is another example of the businesses’ commitment to green technologies and will be welcomed by visitors to the hostel.

She said: “Our visitors tend to share our enthusiasm for sustainability so it made sense to install the charging points while the funding is in place. My partner Ian Baker works for Tadea which has been involved with promoting the uptake of electric vehicles in the region. We want to encourage electric vehicle drivers from around the North East to visit the North Pennines, and the installation helps to plug a gap in the network in this part of the region, enabling people to travel further without worrying about their next charging break.

“We’re committed to reducing our carbon emissions across all parts of the business - solar hot water, PV panels and motion sensor lights have all been put in place to minimise our impact on the environment. Evie, the dog is a real coup for the youth hostel - she fits in perfectly with our green ethos as she’s full of energy and can run for miles!”

Josey Wardle, project manager for Charge your Car, says that the backing of Ninebanks Youth Hostel has been a major boost for the scheme: “We are delighted that Ninebanks has recognised the benefits of investing in EV charging posts. We hope that this will help inspire visitors in the region to consider the future of EVs.

“By recognising the significance of EVs at this early stage, Ninebanks Youth Hostel has been able to take advantage of the grant funding that is in place to support the development of the charging point network until March next year. We hope that more businesses, organisations and individuals will follow suit.”

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has also part-funded the project through its Sustainable Development Fund.

Shane Harris, tourism and communications manager, from the North Pennines AONB Partnership commented: “Pauline has always been at the forefront of the development of sustainable tourism in the North Pennines. The installation of EV charging posts at the hostel is the obvious next step for the business. As electric vehicles will surely increase in popularity over the coming years it is really important to ensure that rural destinations, like the North Pennines, have the infrastructure to welcome the ‘green visitors’ of the future. We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to help the hostel with this project through the AONB Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund.”

The North East Charge your Car project was launched in early 2010 after North East England was named as one of the first three areas to put in place a comprehensive Electric Vehicle infrastructure and was given funding to support the installation of charging posts in car parks, on streets, at residential and commercial locations. The scheme caters for regular and ad-hoc EV users via its membership scheme and innovative PAYG facility.

Grants are available for any organisation wishing to have a charging point installed on their premises. For further information about electric vehicles and EV charging in North East England, visit www.whynotelectric.com or call the Charge your Car team on tel: 0191 490 2474.

The family run Ninebanks hostel is part of the YHA network and offers high quality accommodation for a range of guests all year round. For further information visit www.ninebanks.org.uk

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