18th Nov, 2019

Bromsgrove could get more electric charging points after councillor's motion gets unanimous support

Harry Leach 29th Sep, 2018

BROMSGROVE could be getting more solar panels and electric charge points to become more economically friendly after a motion was unanimously backed at last week’s full council meeting.

The proposal, to begin serious talks about the air quality issues in the district, was submitted by Rubery councillor, Peter McDonald.

Coun Mcdonald, who owns an electric car himself, said: “Something needs to be done to reduce the levels of pollution in our town because it’s absolutely disgusting.

“I’m glad to have got the chamber’s support because it now seem like we are moving in the right direction.”

Council officers will now examine the feasibility of installing electric car charging points in various car parks across Bromsgrove.

It also agreed more solar panels, another way of powering a hybrid car, were needed in Bromsgrove.

Coun Malcolm Glass said: “This is bigger than just the district – we have to engage across the Midlands and work is ongoing.

“I am looking at ways to encourage people to use electric vehicles in Bromsgrove, from business engagement to E-Car clubs which can also bring benefits to less affluent residents.”

The authority will also work with Worcestershire County Council to restructure roads where necessary to reduce pollution.

Coun Sean Shannon said it was an important issue and claimed high pollution levels were preventing parents walking their children to school.

“The Worcester Road, for example, has some of the worst pollution in the county.”

Independent alliance councillor Sue Baxter, who drives a plug-in hybrid, said she sometimes struggled to get from A to B because of the lack of charge points.

“It’s so important we start looking at ways to become more economically friendly.”

Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro said it was an important issue which needed to be taken seriously.

The Government is committed to phasing out production of new diesel and petrol engine cars in just over 20 years.

“We will be looking at options to support here in Bromsgrove.”

Discussions will continue at the next council meeting.

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