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New initiative to make Swaffham leading eco town Posted On 01 April 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Swaffham programme to start by installing EV charging points

 

Swaffham could become one of the most environmentally-friendly towns in Norfolk.

That’s the ambition of a new initiative which is poised to roll out several green schemes.

The Sustainable Swaffham programme is led by Breckland Council with impetus provided by local councillors following consultations with residents and the town council.

And one of their early moves will be to install four electric vehicle chargers in car parks owned by the council. Such a move would make the town the easiest place to charge an EV, with more chargers per square metre and per head than any other part of the county.

Under their Market Towns Initiative, the council has guaranteed £150,000 funding for each Breckland town to boost their green credentials, with the Swaffham project also focusing on sustainable transport and connectivity.

In a joint statement to EDP24, councillors Ed Colman, Ian Sherwood and David Wickerson said the scheme would “help future-proof Swaffham and attract more visitors and tourists to our town”.

However, Swaffham has been something of a trailblazer for eco-tourism for more than 25 years, thanks to the Great Britain Centre with its centrepiece of tours to the viewing gallery at the top of the wind turbine.

The centre, which has been closed since January 2019, was sold to an international business earlier this year, and this could create more than 60 new jobs.

There had been overtures from the town council to the district council, who owned it, regarding a potential “assets swap”. But when the latter was approached by the company last Christmas, they felt it was an opportunity “too great to miss”.

Paul Hewett, the executive member for contracts and assets at Breckland, was quoted as saying: “We’re delighted to have secured a great deal which will not only generate funding for reinvestment but will bring a new business to Breckland and create dozens of new jobs.”

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