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Council to look into providing more free drinking water in Eastbourne

Cabinet councillors agreed last night (Wednesday, 12 September) to carry out a feasibility study into providing free drinking water in parks and other public areas within the town.

The study will look at possible locations and costs and other ways to support the newly formed Refill Eastbourne such as encouraging local businesses to get involved by signing up to offer free water refills to provide a network of refill points across Eastbourne.

The decision follows a YouGov survey last year that revealed 73% of people would like to see greater availability of free tap water with 59% more likely to carry a reusable water bottle if that was the case.

Cabinet also agreed to research providing charging points for electric vehicles in public car parks in conjunction with other local authorities.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Member for Place Services, said: “This is the first step to giving people more access to free drinking water in parks and public places in Eastbourne. By doing this, we would support the national campaign “Refill” which aims to make refilling bottles of water as easy as possible to reduce marine plastic pollution.

“This is in line with the council’s aim to reduce single-use plastics in our community.”

Published on 13 September, 2018