The Socialist and Diverse Left group revealed in the Bourges City Council during its back-to-school press conference, on September 14, during the Verizon fair. The land in front of the Ambroise Croisat nursing home, the place of Salvatore Allende, in Clos du Roy, can be put up for sale. It has twenty-eight trees, and three benches, where the elderly come to rest.
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“The land sale is indisputable,” says Corinne Olivier, Mayor of Verzon City. But we did ask for an estimate. Because the budget context would be complex, we are looking at properties likely to be sold. In addition, the mayor ensures that this point is not discussed during the council meeting. Municipal meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 6th.
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Even if there is no doubt about the sale of this green space at the moment, the socialist group is vehemently opposed to the sale, while the city has pledged to plant a thousand trees by 2026. There can be no 1,000 trees planted and at the same time selling the green space in front of Amboise-Croisat care home”, stunned Philippe Fournier, Vice Mayor, in our version on Thursday, September 15th. Today the elected official believes that demolitions are being planned in the area, it is not necessary to remove the park. The same is for City Council member Thibaut Lenor (Rebellious France): “We are against the felling of trees. »
An opinion shared by opposition councilor Marie-Claude Grayson (for Vierzonnais). “It is new nonsense to sell a plot of wooded land in front of the Ambroise Croisat nursing home,” she says. Let’s leave this little garden, this corner of rest for the families who come with the residents to meet there and enjoy the shade of the trees. I am totally against this sale. One resident we interviewed, who wished to remain anonymous, insisted on the importance of leaving this park to the elderly “out of respect for the elderly.”
We look at properties that are likely to be sold.
If the city decides to sell this green space, then the question of its destination will arise. Some on social media believe that the land will include a prayer room. An argument the mayor has denied outright: “There is no question about placing a mosque on this site,” she insists. But “I received a worship association (the one that runs the Ferzon Mosque, editor’s note) wishing to have a place of worship, which I find perfectly legitimate.”
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It must be said that for years, the mosque of 100 square meters, located in the predicament of de Bellevue, has become very small. The association has tried on several occasions, unsuccessfully, to purchase new buildings, notably a former company in Clos-du-Roy. Several pots have been launched online in the past to fund the purchase of a new place of worship.
Thibault Lhonneur also believes that it is legitimate for Muslims to have a place of worship worthy of that name, but not at this location. Prefer to see it downtown rather than Clos-du-Roy for that matter. The Socialist Group and the Diverse Left must not discuss the future of this land in front of the Ambroise-Croisat nursing home during the October 6 Municipal Council. But “if an elected official talks about it, I’ll talk about it too,” promises Philip Forney. Marie-Claude Grayson intends to bring the topic back to the table, as does opposition group Vierzon 2020.
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