Electric vehicle charging points capable of charging up to 40 vehicles at once will be installed at car parks across the borough to help encourage more residents to make the switch to greener electric vehicles.
The 20 dual chargers will be installed at public car parks in nine different locations, the majority of which have been selected because they are near areas of housing where many residents don’t have access to off-street parking and would find it difficult to charge the vehicle outside their home.
They will all be available to residents who wish to park their vehicles to charge overnight. All the car parks are either free, or free overnight. There will be a charge to use the charging points.
The project is part of Barnsley Council’s work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero across the borough by 2045, meaning emissions are as close to zero as possible and any that remain are offset through carbon capture programmes such as tree planting.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation) said: “We know more and more people are making the switch to electric vehicles, and the more charging points we have available, the more attractive an electric vehicle becomes.
"Residents who have their own driveway are often able to have a charge point fitted at home, and it may even be free of charge as part of the purchase of a new vehicle.
“We’ve chosen sites for these chargers where there are nearby properties without off-street parking so that they too will be able to charge their vehicle close to home.
“The chargers will also be available to those visiting our local centres, helping attract footfall to local businesses.”
The sites included in this project are Bank Street Car Park, Cudworth; Churchfields Car Park, Town Centre; Duke Street Car Park, Hoyland; Elsecar Heritage Centre Car Park, Elsecar; Queen Street Car Park, Goldthorpe; Sackville Street Car Park, Town Centre; Shrewsbury Road Car Park, Penistone; Summer Lane Car Park, Wombwell; and Wombwell Park and Ride.
The project makes use of available government grant funding through the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). This is intended to provide accessible EV charge points for residents who do not have access to off-street car-parking and are unable to make use of the government Homecharge grant scheme to install a charger at their home.
A further project is in development with Sheffield City Region to install EV charging infrastructure across the city region. The council is also investigating the potential for installing charge points on residential streets. Through a combination of these projects and our work with partners, we aim to meet the current and future EV charging needs of Barnsley residents.