MORE than £400,000 will be invested in electric charging points for private vehicles and taxis as Bromsgrove District Council strives to lower its carbon footprint.
Three charging points are being installed in Catshill, Aston Fields and town centre and are almost ready to go.
It comes just a week after the authority announced it was investing £250,000 in an electric community shuttle bus to link the railway station, town centre and residential areas.
A cross-party Climate Change Working Group was set up year and has liaised with local environmental groups.
It also wants to hear from residents who have more ideas on how to make the district greener.
Among the other schemes being worked up are a Low Carbon Heat Network (through a heat pump sited at Bromsgrove School) which is earmarked to start producing energy in 2023, a council house powered by an air source heat pump and solar panels.
The new Burcot Lane development will feature timber-framed houses, air-source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging points, improved thermal efficiency of building fabric, solar pv with battery storage (houses).
A Green Home Grant will provide external wall insulation for 55 park homes and LED stage-lighting for Artrix when it returns as an arts centre.
Bromsgrove cycling and walking infrastructure improvements, including the introduction of shared pathway cycle routes through Sanders Park.
Coun Margaret Sherrey, Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “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.”