THREE new electric charging points in Bromsgrove are nearing completion, part of a major environmental push in the district.

The Conservative Group at Bromsgrove District Council say they are investing over £400 000 in electric charging points for private vehicles and taxis.

Despite the pandemic, electric charging points at Catshill, Aston Fields and the town centre are close to completion.

The Group say that another £250,000 is being invested in an electric shuttle bus to serve the local area.

The council set up its cross-party Climate Change Working Group last year. The group has liaised with local environmental groups and is keen to listen to residents’ ideas about how to make Bromsgrove greener.

Other green initiatives include:

1. Low Carbon Heat Network (through heat pump sited at Bromsgrove School) – open for operation on 2023.

2. Council house powered by air source heat pump and solar photovoltaic panels.

3. LED stage-lighting for the Artrix Theatre.

4. New Burcot Lane development to feature timber-framed houses, air-source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging points, improved thermal efficiency of building fabric, solar pv with battery storage (houses).

5. Green Home Grant – to provide external wall insulation for 55 park homes.

6. Bromsgrove cycling and walking infra-structure improvements - introduction of shared pathway cycle routes through Sanders Park.

Portfolio holder, Margaret Sherrey, says: “Climate change is an issue that everybody is working hard to battle. We are delighted to have received such cross-party support – and approval – for what we are doing. Lower carbon emissions is a factor in every decision the council makes.”