EXCITING plans to transform Bromsgrove are set to be given the go-ahead.

A five year action plan to create a thriving local area, enabled by a sustainable travel network and low carbon economic growth in Bromsgrove has got Cabinet approval.

The Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Strategy calls for an urgent review of the council’s own fleet to change to alternative fuel options.

The council has already been successfully awarded £300k from the Ultra-Low Emission Taxis Infrastructure Scheme which will see 10 rapid chargers for taxis installed at key sites across Bromsgrove by March 2020.

Plans to apply for more cash could see the installation of charge-points in publicly owned off-street car parks across the district.

Cllr Margaret Sherrey, whose portfolio covers environmental services, said: “It is our intention that all new homes, workplaces and visitor attractions, should have access to adequate electric vehicle charging infrastructure, where appropriate and this strategy and action will help us to achieve this.

“We will begin by taking a look at our own vehicles and, of course, lead by example.”

Last week Bromsgrove District Council’s cabinet members recommended that the Ultra Low Emmission Vehicles Strategy should be approved by council at the next meeting on Wednesday, July 24.

Council Leader Karen May said the council is committed to creating an "even better, clean and green Bromsgrove" for everyone.

“Through this strategy we will be supporting residents, local businesses and the visitor economy to be prepared for and take advantage of the growing need and demand for ultra-low emissions vehicles," she said.

“But it is vital that we create a comprehensive network of rapid charging hubs and destination charging facilities that are reliable, convenient, affordable and attractive, considering rural as well as urban needs.”