Further investment in electric vehicle charging points will be discussed at Cabinet when they meet on Wednesday 20 October.
It is proposed for the council to take a leading role in a £1.8m South Yorkshire-wide investment programme funded through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
The South Yorkshire Electric Vehicle Charging Point Programme will create up to another 30 Electric vehicle charging spaces in Barnsley through an estimated 15 new dual electric chargers. These will be among an estimated 109 chargers installed across South Yorkshire capable of charging 218 vehicles at once.
Market Gate and John Street car parks in Barnsley town centre will be fitted with three chargers each. The remaining chargers will be installed in locations close to areas of housing where residents do not have access to their own off-street parking and would not be able to have their own charger installed.
This latest investment is in addition to the 20 dual chargers cabinet approved earlier this year which are located on nine different car parks across the borough.
Most of these have now been installed and information about how to use them can be found at barnsley.gov.uk/EV.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “One of our key ambitions as a council is a Sustainable Barnsley and I’m delighted that we’re able to offer electric vehicle charging at car parks across our borough. These are available both to those visiting our local centres and those residents who want to use them to charge overnight.
“This extra investment will help expand EV charging infrastructure across South Yorkshire and encourage more people to make the switch to electric vehicles when it’s time to change their car.
“More and more people are already making the switch to electric vehicles and this is going to help us improve our air quality and reduce our carbon emissions.”
You can read the full cabinet report here.
This 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.