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3rd Dec, 2021

New green measures to be introduced into Bromsgrove's car parks to reduce carbon footprint

WORK has got under way today on a number of new features in Bromsgrove’s town centre car parks to reduce the areas’ carbon footprint and the district council’s energy bills.

Contractors will be replacing the current lighting at the Windsor Street Car Park with LED lighting – that work is expected to take half-a-day before the same measures are installed at Recreation Road. The latter will take slightly longer with two days in December put aside.

LED lights also last much longer than traditional forms of lighting and so should mean less maintenance work is required.

Because the work is being carried out during the day, some spaces near the lighting columns will be unavailable for use.

Residents and visitors are asked to move their vehicles and not use these barriered off spaces to avoid access issues as delays to the works lead to additional costs.

Similar plans are also in the pipeline for Parkside Car Park which will also be done later in the year. As this car park is in a conservation area, alternative in-keeping and more traditional looking light fittings have been ordered for this area.

Exact dates for Recreation Road and Parkside cannot be confirmed until confirmation has been received about when the fittings will arrive.

The council’s environmental services portfolio holder, Coun Margaret Sherrey, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the work taking place in the car parks, but the benefits of this work far outweigh the minor disruption.

“The end result aims to make a safer, brighter and more pleasant experience for everyone using the car parks and the environmental impacts are an added bonus.”

Climate change portfolio holder, Coun Michael Thompson, added: “Even small steps like changing these light fittings will make a difference to the carbon footprint of our town.

“I am pleased to see these projects are scheduled in and that we are progressing with important schemes like this, which contribute to our net zero target.”

For more information, please contact Engineering and Design on 01527 64252.

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