Upper Achintore residents consulted on site for e-bike charging hub

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The Upper Achintore Regeneration Group (UARG), in partnership with Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG), is now consulting with the local community about the possible location for an e-bike charging hub at the gap site between numbers 45 and 51 Lochaber Road in Fort William.

UARG also has further ambitions to create an 18-bay car park, wildlife meadow, Woodland Trust-funded tree planting and bench seating facilities within the same site, but these are longer term objectives.

Highland Council has confirmed that, subject to public support, the site can be made available for the e-bike hub now but the bigger plans would need to be costed and housing committee approval required before they could go ahead.

The e-bike charging hub in Upper Achintore will be open to the 700-plus  households in the community and will be one of eight hubs located throughout the Fort William area as part of a public e-bike share scheme, which will be launched in spring 2022.

The scheme will have 60 e-bikes which will be available for everyone to use on a casual basis or through membership (monthly or annual) of the scheme.

UARG has worked with LEG and Highland Council to identify a location for a charging hub in Upper Achintore and is asking local residents if they agree with the location chosen.

The hub will have space for eight e-bikes. The area required will be approximately 8.5m
x 3.5m. The docking hubs will be secured on a concrete base and will have a bike
shelter.

If you agree with this location, please post ‘like’ on the post in the UARG Facebook
Page or email the Group’s secretary at uarg19@aol.com.

If you do not favour this location, can you suggest another location you would prefer? Do you have any other comments about the e-bike share scheme?

The Fort William e-bike share scheme project is funded by the Low Carbon Travel and
Transport Challenge Fund (LCTT), with support from European Regional Development
Funds and Transport Scotland, and Highland Council.