Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Strategy Recommended For Approval

A strategy and five year action plan to create a thriving local area enabled by a sustainable travel network and low carbon economic growth in Bromsgrove has got Cabinet approval.

The Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Strategy calls for an urgent review of the Council’s own fleet using Government funded expertise from the Energy Saving Trust and other related support to plan for migration to alternative fuel options.

The Council has already been successfully awarded £300k from round two of the Ultra-Low Emission Taxis Infrastructure Scheme which will see ten rapid chargers for taxis installed at key sites across Bromsgrove by March 31st 2020

Plans to apply for further funding streams could see the installation of charge-points in publically owned off-street car parks across the District. People who have a dedicated off-street parking space can already access the government electric home-charge scheme themselves through charge-point installers.

Officers are also exploring tapping into the Workplace Charging Scheme to secure vouchers in order to supply electric car-charging points for council staff. The Council would also like to encourage businesses and retailers to access this government funding that will support 75% of purchase and installation costs for up to 20 electric car-charging points for their staff.

Cllr Margaret Sherrey, whose Portfolio covers Environmental Services, said: “It is our intention that all new homes, workplaces and visitor attractions, should have access to adequate electric vehicle charging infrastructure, where appropriate and this strategy and action will help us to achieve this.

“We will begin by taking a look at our own vehicles and, of course, lead by example.”

Last week Bromsgrove District Council’s Cabinet Members recommended that the Ultra Low Emmission Vehicles Strategy should be approved by Council at the next meeting on Wednesday July 24, 6pm at Parkside.

Council Leader Karen May said: “This Council is committed to creating an even better, clean and green Bromsgrove for everyone. Through this strategy we will be supporting residents, local businesses and the visitor economy to be prepared for and take advantage of the growing need and demand for ultra-low emissions vehicles.”

“But it is vital that we create a comprehensive network of rapid charging hubs and destination charging facilities that are reliable, convenient, affordable and attractive, considering rural as well as urban needs.”