17 New Electric Car Charging Points Coming To Kirklees

They'll be rolled out at various locations across the district, including Homfirth, Dewsbury and Slaithwaite.

A £500,000 scheme to install electric vehicle charging points is being rolled out in Kirklees.

Seven locations across the borough will offer free electricity for electric vehicle users until October 2021.

It forms part of Kirklees Council’s Climate Emergency and Air Quality Action Plan, which was agreed last month.

The authority has secured money for 17 charging points.

The first seven will be at:

  • Crown Bottom car park, Holmfirth
  • Station Road car park, Mirfield
  • Dewsbury Station, Dewsbury
  • Low Lane car park, Birstall
  • St John’s, Cleckheaton
  • Oldgate, Huddersfield town centre
  • New Street car park, Slaithwaite

Kirklees Council aims to make the borough carbon neutral by 2038.

Its plan includes adding “significantly more” green vehicles to the council fleet, planting more trees, making sure it assesses the environmental impact of all council decisions, and increasing its recycling rate.

Karl Battersby, the council’s Strategic Director Economy and Infrastructure, said: 

“These seven charging points will be part of an initial 88-strong West Yorkshire network.

“As this particular scheme is for a limited number of sites we prioritised those that are strategically located in town centres and outlying areas to provide accessible and well-distributed coverage.

“The selected sites also have enough available space and power supply to support the rapid charging points.

“We will be looking to secure more funding in the future to implement further initiatives that help remove the barriers for people looking to swap to electric vehicles.”

The charging points were paid for via half a million pounds of external funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles grant through the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.

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