High traffic areas for travelers: Cotentin is not in the nails

Will the travelers’ reception folder, which has been on for decades, have its epilogue on June 30? (© La Presse de la Manche)

The copy that will be returned to Manche Prefecture over there Cotentin urban community whether the difficult issue of middle and high-pass areas for travelers will not be blank, but it will still be incomplete.

“As part of a department plan signed in 2019 and based on a diagnosis of the territory’s needs and travelers’ settlement habits here, my predecessor and his team had proposed three temporary areas, two on 2 acres (60 caravans) each to the east and west, and another on 4 hectares (120 caravans) on a Cherbourg-Valognes axis, which had been approved by the city council, ”recalls David Margueritte.

Obey the law

A president of Agglo who is quick to specify, “that this is obey the law”. This law on the reception of travelers has actually been established in July 2000 – and changed in 2018 – with the purpose on the one hand ”thatensure the free movement of goods and persons and respond to the desire of itinerant travelers to stay in reception places under decent conditions “, and on the other hand” to respond to the legitimate concern of local elected officials to avoid illegal parking “.

However, the Canal, in some of its sectors, including Cotentin (the editor’s remark, it’s not easy in the south of the Canal either) is still not at the forefront … “When the plan was adopted, there was a wealth of meetings, research, but no field was spontaneously suggested or identified, continues David Margueritte, that’s why we have for two years tried to find coordinated solutions “.

Agglo du Cotentin has entrusted Safer (Society for Land Development and Rural Establishment) with investigation. The countries ahead, meet strict specifications which, as the chairman points out, does not make the task easier, as these areas must not be located by the coast, must be flat, more than 200 m from a stream and serviced, etc.

>>> In the new departmental arrangement for travelers, the Ministry and the eight inter-municipal authorities approved the creation of three high-traffic areas in Cotentin (one with 120 seats and two with 60 seats), a rotating area of ​​200 seats in South-Manche and an area at 200 locations in the Granville Terre et Mer area. No area in the middle of the canal.

Where are we in Cotentin?

Where are we today? Initially, the department plan should have been implemented by the end of 2021, but faced with the difficulties of the case and given the goodwill shown by Agglo, the date has been postponed to June 30, 2022.

“At this stage of the Val de Saire, we are unable to make a proposal due to the lack of identified land. For the Côte des Isles, the situation is different, as two sites had been pre-selected by Safer, in Port-Bail- Sur-Mer, but since there is no consensus (editor’s note, read elsewhere), there is no one who will be no suggestion either, because I will insist that it is not the urban community that chooses and imposes the reasons, it is the affected municipal councils, which have the final say. Finally, with regard to the area of ​​the “center”, a plot of land in Valognes has been identified in advance. “

David Margueritepaying tribute to “the constructive and proactive side of Jacques Coquelin, the mayor of this city”

Now the file will be placed in the hands of the prefect. Which would be able to make use of its substitution power. Meanwhile, the president of Agglo anticipates a complicated summer “because of the very numerous evangelical missions that have been announced, especially for those first half of August “Without” official “medium and high passage areas,” it is impossible for Cotentin to seek exposure to illegal installations, “he said.

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On the west coast, there is no consensus at all

“It is by no means a matter of refusing to welcome travelers, but of rejecting this project, which is not of the appropriate size with the passage of these travelers,” a Côte des Isles official recently declared. Since Safer, commissioned by the Cotentin urban community, targeted two potentially eligible areas in Port-Bail-sur-Mer to create a medium-traffic area (2 hectares, 60 caravans), there has been noise in Landerneau. Between a Mayor of Port-Bail-sur-Mer, François Rousseau, accused for a period of initiating this proposal, the creation of a collective of opponents (collective 50580) and the mobilization of certain elected premises, as unfolding banners and handing out flyers at a roundabout (Editor’s note, La Presse de la Manche of 22 June), it is undoubtedly the subject that irritates this side of Cotentin.

Arguments officially put forward? The pre-selected land is agricultural land “whereas local town plans usually prohibit any kind of construction there”. They would be too close to the coast and too far from a major thoroughfare. And the catastrophic nature of the Côte des Isles at the medical level would make it impossible to absorb an additional population beyond the influx of tourists …

Result: during a recent press conference, François Rousseau announced that there would be no discussion on the subject at the next municipal council in his municipality. “This consideration would have no value, we could at most give an opinion or even make a wish, nothing more,” he reasoned. The mayor of Port-Bail-sur-Mer had taken the opportunity to be “shocked” at certain comments on social networks and at “certain racist and xenophobic remarks heard”.

However, a solution must be found. This summer, as every year, Port-Bail-sur-Mer will see the arrival of travelers’ families for stays of varying lengths. “There are several reasons for this: the city’s appeal, old habits or the heat episodes advertised in the south of the country. »

  • The mayor of Valognes “prefers to control the situation”

“My position is clear: the areas in question concern passages that last only a few weeks a year in the summer,” said Jacques Coquelin. events ”.

Mentioned under the next advice

As for the 4 hectare area found on a north-south axis between Cherbourg and Montebourg, it is in the town of Valognes that Safer has discovered land that could respond. “We will discuss it as it should during our next municipal council on July 11, but we must not forget that we are talking here about a regulation that we must respect.”

In addition, the first judge from Valogne puts forward an economic aspect “which is not neutral: travelers consume, like others. They must buy bread, food …” Last summer, due to lack of dedicated land, the town hall of Valognes had established an evangelical mission about the era of the municipal stadium. “It went very well. The people in charge of the mission even came at the time of their departure to give us an envelope for our CCAS to compensate for the cost of water and electricity. »

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