BARNSLEY Council staff will be able to make use of a new electric car - thanks to a successful funding bid.

Last year the council was invited by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to bid for funding that would enable the purchase of an electric vehicle for council staff to use as a pool car.

In November, Defra informed the council that it had secured £14,470 to use towards the purchase of this electric vehicle.

In addition, the Air Quality and Climate Group, which forms a part of the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan partnership, agreed to provide £7,235.

This vehicle - a Nissan Leaf - arrived earlier this month is now available to use by staff based in either Westgate or Gateway Plaza.

The innovative Leaf costs 2p per mile to run, compared with 13p per mile for a petrol vehicle and isn't charged for road tax due to its zero carbon emission.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “This is a very welcome addition to Barnsley Council’s fleet of vehicles. Not only will it be a great benefit to staff but it’s a further cleaner, greener step towards the council’s carbon neutral ambition.”