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Ten charge points, for taxi drivers to use, will be installed in Bromsgrove District after a successful bid by the District Council for £300,000 of Government cash.

The district already has two ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) as part of its licensed taxi fleet and now hopes that these chargers will help more drivers make the change to the electric vehicles technology.

The bid for part of the £6m pot was made after consultation with drivers and operators who highlighted the lack of rapid charging is a major consideration.

Council officers worked with partners including Worcestershire County Council, NWEDR and neighbouring authorities to cover cross boundary issues including Birmingham, and Solihull.

Sites for charge points include the town centre, Rubery and Wythall areas.

The district council’s Portfolio-Holder for the Environment, Cllr Margaret Sherrey, said: “The funding, which was announced yesterday is part of the Government’s support for ultra-low emission taxis right across the country, furthering its ambition for zero emissions by 2040.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have secured this money as this will support air quality standards in our urban areas.”

Cllr Karen May, Deputy Leader and Portfolio-holder for Economic Development, said: “This news will bring economic stability and growth for an important form of transport for the District, including improving access to rural areas.

“We will be using this opportunity to look at expanding chargepoints for general public use.”