Under the spring sun in Haute Corrèze, Davina hangs her laundry out at the back of the field, she has been staying with her family for two weeks. “It’s a beautiful area,” says one accustomed to frequenting the reception areas for travelers. “It’s a well laid out place, well installed, it’s quiet …” Maybe even too much for Davina, who would like to have a little more contact with the other families who frequent the facility, which has been open since November 15 at Haute Corrèze community. , in the imperial area of Ussel.
If Davina and her family have settled in the place, it’s because life is easier there than in an illegal place. “We came to Ussel every year, but we settled on private land, not very far from here, she sums up. Here we are better, there are toilets, showers and we are safe. »The area consists of twelve pitches, each equipped with a closed toilet block.
No more illegal installations
Next to her, Pascal Montigny, mayor of Merlines and vice president of the Haute Corrèze community in charge of health and solidarity, agrees. “Before the construction of the area, there were at least seven different places with illegal installations in the Haute Corrèze,” he announces. there was great dissatisfaction among the residents because travelers joined electric boxes, fire hydrants, and it generated significant bills for the local community. ”
Since 15 November and the opening of the area, which has twelve pitches and can accommodate twenty-four caravans, no illegal settlement has been observed on the territory of the Haute Corrèze community. “That’s a good point,” says the elected official, who relies on word of mouth to get travelers talking about the new equipment.
“There is a part of this population which continues to seek illegal settlements, especially because it does not want to pay, and the other part, which is used to frequenting these areas, and which comes and comes back,” explains Pascal Montigny .
The agent for the Haute Corrèze Communauté voyageur area in Ussel can monitor users’ water consumption in real time, which consumption is billed to them.
Same provider as Brive, Malemort and soon Tulle
Currently, five families live on the site. “Generally, they call a few days before and ask two questions:” is there space and which families are already present at the site? “If there is no more space (what has not yet happened in Ussel, editor’s note.), we can direct them to the Brive and Malemort areas, which, like our area, are managed by the ACGV service provider. It is also the reception agent of this service provider who takes care of the upper Corrézienne area on a daily basis, welcomes new ones, helps them if necessary …A receptionist is present five days a week on site.
The reception area for travelers in Ussel (Corrèze) operational on 17 November
An area adapted to their way of life
In his office, located at the entrance to the area, he controls water consumption, recharges the seats… This is also where a room has been set up, which can eventually accommodate social workers. “Over time and as we get to know the families better, we will be able to hire a social worker, homework helpers …”, says Pascal Montigny, who hopes that a bond of trust will be established between the users. the area and the community.
The Haute Corrèze Community Travel Area has been open since November 15th. It has a reception with a room that can accommodate social services, homework help, etc.
“We have few ties to them, they talk a little, stay with their families and are quite suspicious … In any case, we have done everything to ensure that this area responds to their lifestyle”, he clarifies and recalls the numerous visits to reception areas in France before concluding the project for the Haute Corrèze community. “We have taken over what works well in other areas, such as stronger sanitation, no collective spaces that can create conflicts, a scrap area at the entrance to prevent scrap metal, engines, etc. are in place, closed and lined. toilet blocks … ”And it works. “It’s a beautiful area, much nicer than others, where we live,” describes a family staying a few more days.
In the summer, the area will also welcome families who want to stay longer, the time of seasonal work. “They can stay for a maximum of three months,” the elected official clarifies.
Travelers must pay a deposit of 75 euros, then 2.50 euros per day for parking space, in addition to water and electricity consumption.