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Council Staff Get Electric Pool Car

Monday November 26 2012


The electric car will be arriving in the new year. The electric car will be arriving in the new year.


COUNCIL staff based in the town centre will have access to an electric car for use on short journeys across the borough.

The Citroen C-Zero will be shared amongst the staff based at Westgate Plaza One and Gateway Plaza and they will be encouraged to use it for journeys of less than ten miles, instead of using their own private cars.

Coun Roy Miller said: "Barnsley Council is committed to finding more environmentally sustainable ways of undertaking its business and daily business travel is part of that.

"This electric vehicle will provide staff with an alternative option to the high dependency they have on petrol and diesel. It will also have the dual benefit of reducing our carbon emission levels, which is a key long-term sustainability ambition for the council."

The car was paid for by grants from DEFRA (£14,470) and from the Local Transport Plan budget (£7,235.)

The car - which has a range of about 80 miles - will be arriving in the new year. 

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Reply Posted by J briggs on Friday December 7 2012 at 18:22
It is hard to believe that 'there are no comments on this article'. This is bonkers and a massive waste of money. As if councillors are not pampered enough with their very generous allowances (at least £10,000), laptops, phones, expenses and now cars.

Has anyone stopped to think that the councillors would have to travel to Barnsley first to borrow a car, then go to the meeting, then come back again to Barnsley, then travel home. What will really happen is that two of them will take the cars home and treat them as their own. All at public expense.

As regards the 'Green' issue, the cars are certainly low pollution - but the power stations that provide their energy are certainly not.