UK Man forced to charge £50,000 electric car through first floor apartment WINDOW last minute news
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Rochdale man has been forced to charge his electric car through a first-floor apartment window after being told to remove his self-installed charging point. Joe Keating installed the device for his electric car on the wall next to his parking space at his rented Falinge home in an effort to reduce his carbon emissions and save on fuel costs. But soon after, he was sent a letter from managing agents Stevenson Whyte asking him to remove the power-point - a move which he says is “heavy handed” and shows a reluctance to support the “green agenda”. READ MORE: Man rushed to hospital after brutal attack at Parklife festival - police are looking for these men The managing agents acknowledged that hurdles electric vehicle owners face when living in apartment blocks are a big issue in the industry, but said they have a “duty of care to ensure the safety of all individuals at the development and a responsibility to ensure the lease terms are complied with”. Joe admitted he did not ask his managing agents before installing the charging point for his vehicle, worth almost £50,000. However, he said he “welcomed” a constructive conversation about the issue. He also said he had been denied any opportunity to appeal the decision. Joe's managing agents maintain that in installing the charging point he broke his lease (Image: Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News) “I can’t be the only person that lives in that type of accommodation and will be now starting to think about trying to move towards a low carbon economy, and we’re all going to have to have these kinds of vehicles eventually. “There’s no immediate plans from the developing agent to put any charge points in, so what am I supposed to do?” He also pointed out that the UK suffered its hottest day on record in the last month, saying that people will “have to get on board a bit more” with electric vehicles given the climate emergency. The small charging point Joe had installed (Image: Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News) “It just feels a bit heavy handed in the backdrop of the highest temperatures the UK has ever had.
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. As a society, we need to change these barriers that are in the way needlessly.” Joe’s ordeal comes among worries that inner city residents will be excluded from the electric car revolution due to a lack of charging stations. The Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website says there are currently 360 electric vehicle chargers in Greater Manchester, and you can use their website to find your nearest point. The government is also funding an EV home-charge scheme, where they pay 75 per cent of the cost of installing an off-street charging station. But for those renting or living in communal buildings, they are subject to landlord permissions and limitations, and installing a power-point can be challenging.
Joe said he was willing to work with his managing agents to push for changes (Image: Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News) A spokesperson for Stevenson Whyte, which manages the building, said: "We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all individuals at the development and a responsibility to ensure the lease terms are complied with. If all lease holders were to install their own equipment on the development without permission or control there would be significant issues with long term management, aesthetics and safety. “The installation of electrical charging points in apartment blocks is an issue that all Leaseholders/Freeholders across the country will continue to face in the coming years and hopefully with time, more safe and compliant methods will be achievable for all leaseholders.” READ NEXT: Estate agent was allegedly battered in hotel by rugby star boyfriend who died of a heart attack during the assault Warning after young man climbs Salford Quays bridge in 'incredibly dangerous' stunt Vile thug throttled girlfriend and held pillow over her face after convincing her to take him back Owner left heartbroken after 'timid and loving' therapy dog is viciously mauled on walk outside apartment block Former trustees of troubled Moss Side charity banned by the Charity Commission