PLANS to install electric car charging points in Oswestry have moved a step closer.

An Oswestry Town Council working group has asked Instavolt to confirm its expression of interest in providing the charging points.

Assistant town clerk Arren Roberts, in a report to the Markets and Town Centre Committee, said: "Once this has been done, the council will seek legal advice on any pre-contract documentation prior to signature."

A working group set up by councillors had considered proposals from three companies.

Group members resolved to ask the preferred bidder to assess the feasibility of the Central Car Park entrance and the Horsemarket Car Park as locations for the charging points.

Mr Roberts added that the working group concluded electric vehicle charging would "bring people into the town for a charge en-route"and that "Oswestry will be seen as a progressive town" because of the decision to install charging points.

The group also concluded that there would be an increase in demand for charge points "which will be driven by the increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road".

They also agreed that a final costed proposal should include "include and clarify the position on" several issues, Mr Roberts added.

Some of these included site location; connection charges to the electricity network; guarantees over repair response times; confirmation that renewable energy sources would be used; payment of legal costs and income/payments to the council.

The report is on the agenda for Wednesday's committee meeting.