By KLTV Newsdesk –
Shoppers at Dewsbury’s Wednesday market got a chance to get involved in Kirklees Council’s “Green Market Day” which formed part of its COP 26 Regional Roadshow.
The Green Market took place in front of Dewsbury’s Town Hall on Wednesday 10 November from 10 am -2 pm.
The theme for the day was ‘Transport’, with the market showcasing some of the council’s projects and campaigns around sustainable transport.
Members from the council were around to speak with residents about the switch to electric and hybrid cars, their discounted car parking scheme for said vehicles, and the 16 new areas in Kirklees where electric vehicles can be charged.
The council was also eager to show off a new electric bin collection vehicle that they will be trialling on their rounds.Additionally, partners from Environmental Projects in Kirklees (EPIKS) were on-site to talk about and give advice on electric bikes as a sustainable form of travel.
There was a range of interactive activities that shoppers could take part in, including making bags out of old t-shirts with Julia Roebuck, operating a pedal-powered smoothie machine, and collecting free fruit.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: “It was fantastic to host an officially aligned COP 26 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 Regional Roadshow is being hosted by Kirklees Council and is facilitated through the North East & Yorkshire Energy Hub which is funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.