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Council car parks to have electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed

News release issued:

Almost 200 electric vehicle charging points are being installed in council-owned car parks, at council buildings and at nature reserves across the district.

Wyre Forest District Council has awarded a contract to Flowbird Smart City UK and Opcharge UK to install the devices in 22 car parks.

The contract has been awarded following a competitive tendering process. Chargers will be installed at no cost to the Council. Flowbird will also pay the Council a fee which is linked to the number and types of chargers installed.

All the sites have already been surveyed and the installations are scheduled to start in April. The whole project is due to be completed before the end of the year.

The installation of EV charging points is part of the Council’s Climate Action and Carbon Reduction Plan.

Councillor Dan Morehead, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration, Planning, and the Green Agenda said:

“We are delighted to be working with Flowbird and to be playing our part in supporting the transition to net zero carbon emissions. This contract means that the network of charging points across the district will grow significantly, providing users of the Council’s car parks with charging options while they work, shop, or visit. It will also help in making people more confident in switching to electric vehicles. We’re achieving this at no cost to the Council, with installation and maintenance the responsibility of Flowbird and Opcharge. The fees that Flowbird will pay make a contribution to growing commercial income, which is a target in our corporate plan.”

The additional charge points will significantly increase the number of publicly-accessible charge points available across the District. Government statistics for January 2024 showed only 33 charge points across Wyre Forest although the number at other locations continues to increase.

Joe Rowley, EV Director from Flowbird said:

“At Flowbird, we support towns and cities in their journey towards sustainable mobility solutions. Through streamlining accessible charging in off-street parking infrastructures, we're laying the groundwork for the future of electric mobility. We take pride in revolutionising the user experience within communities, making charging effortless to promote wider adoption of electric vehicles.”

Thomas Herbert, Managing Director of Opcharge UK said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this project, and that we are able to contribute our expertise in electric vehicle charging alongside that of Flowbird. We are proud to say that as part of this project all energy distributed will be 100% renewable and of green origin; as we strive to provide sustainable charging options for the constituents of Wyre Forest, and drive towards the council’s net zero objectives.”

The car parks will contain a mix of fast and rapid chargers. All of these charging points will be displayed on specialist electric vehicle charging apps including ZapMap, PlugShare, and Electromaps. Whilst more and more people acquire home EV chargers each year, there is still not widespread provision in private and public off-street car parks in the district. It is hoped the project will give EV users greater peace of mind and encourage EV uptake.

Car parks set to have charge points


Bromsgrove Street, DY10 1PD

Brinton Park, DY11 6QU

Green Street, DY10 1HA (WFDC’s customer service hub)

Comberton Place, DY10 1DF

Aldi (Green Street), DY10 1JF

Batemans Yard, DY10 1AR

Market Street, DY10 1LX

Pike Mills, DY10 1AF

St Mary’s Church, DY10 2JN


Dog Lane, DY12 2EF

Load Street (Upper), DY12 2EQ

Load Street (Lower), DY12 2EQ

Gardners Meadow, DY12 2DP


Raven Street, DY13 8UU

Severn Meadows Car Park 1, DY13 8UN

Severn Meadows Car Park 2, DY13 8UJ

Severn Meadows Car Park 3, DY13 8UJ

Vale Road, DY13 8YJ

Burlish Meadows, DY11 7DY

Burlish Top, DY13 8NB

Other locations

Wyre Forest House, DY11 7WF

Habberley Valley, DY11 5RH

Hurcott Woods, DY10 3PJ

Users of the EV charging points will pay a tariff for electricity that is set by Flowbird. Where relevant, they will continue to pay a parking fee to WFDC in accordance with the fee schedule set by the Council.

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