Council’s “Green Market Day” hits the right note with Dewsbury shoppers

Councilor Will Simpson next to one of the councils fleet vehicles

Shoppers at Dewsbury’s market turned out in numbers to get involved in our “Green Market Day”. 

 

The Green Market took place in front of Dewsbury’s Town Hall on Wednesday 10 November from 10 am -2 pm. In line with COP 26’s transport themed day, and showcased some of our green transport projects and campaigns.

Shoppers got an early chance to look at a type of electric refuse collection vehicle, that our staff will be trialling on rounds and the opportunity to talk with staff about how much easier it is to use electric and hybrid cars.


Our team spoke with shoppers about the 16 council managed sites in Kirklees where they can charge their electric cars, as well as the free and discounted car parking scheme for electric and Low Emission Vehicles. Air quality monitoring and partners from Environmental Projects in Kirklees were on hand to show how electric bikes are healthy, sustainable, and fun forms of travel.

 

They didn’t just cover green travel, visitors to the market also got the chance to talk with Julia Roebuck about tips on recycling and reusing clothing, all whilst making bags out of old t-shirts. They also partook in a pedal-powered smoothie machine, collected free fruit whilst discussing ways to reduce plastic, and discussed bins and the new Resources and Waste Strategy with Councillors Will Simpson, Naheed Mather, and Eric Firth.

 

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: 

“It was fantastic to host an officially aligned COP26 event in Kirklees and see so many residents coming together to ask questions and discuss how we can all play our part.

 

“We are ambitious about tackling the climate emergency and continuing to deliver on our plans for carbon reductions, so it was really inspiring to see so many people from our communities engaging with stallholders and sharing the message about the important role that we can all play.”

The market, along with a webinar taking place on 11th November, constitutes the Regional Roadshow being hosted by Kirklees Council, facilitated through the North East & Yorkshire Energy Hub funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.