MILLIONS of pounds that would have been used to create an electric vehicle (EV) charging hub have been officially withdrawn.

Members sitting on the Berkshire Local Transport Body unanimously agreed to pull about £5m for Slough Borough Council to implement a 100-space EV hub or a hydrogen refilling hub for heavy goods vehicles in Colnbrook.

The piece of greenbelt land adjacent to Suttons Lane, near M4 Junction 5, was originally going to be a 600-space park-and-ride for people to go to Slough town centre and Heathrow Airport, but consultants found that scheme to be ‘no longer viable’.

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Slough has been given £8m so far from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is made up of local authorities and businesses to decide on economic projects, in improving its road networks and infrastructure.

The LEP believed the EV hub is viable but should not be funded by public money and timing issues surrounding the hydrogen refilling station were a particular concern.

There were also concerns that the plans won’t be able to override greenbelt policies to enable development.

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The meeting also heard Slough Borough Council could be reimbursed for the resources and officer time it invested in drafting the proposal.

The chair of the Berkshire Local Transport Body, Cllr Tony Page from Reading Borough Council, said: “Bearing in mind [Slough’s] commissioner and other local circumstances, we certainly don’t want to add to pressures in Slough.”