After ten years of mandate in Val-d’Oise, time to take stock for Muriel Scolan

After ten years of mandate in Val-d’Oise, time to take stock for Muriel Scolan
After ten years of mandate in Val-d’Oise, time to take stock for Muriel Scolan


Raphaël Delaveaux

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May 19, 2024 at 6:46 p.m.

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In 2014, in its split with the mayor outgoing (Ump) Jean-Claude Noyer, Muriel Scolan, mayor (Dvd) of Deuil-la-Barre, then deputy in charge of city policy, had brought with her thirteen members of the municipal majority, including five deputies.

The one that only aimed at one mandate of mayor says she is “rather for” an additional mandate, even if she does not guarantee to go through with it.

Among adults projectslike those of Bip and level crossing No. 4, the city councilor takes stock.

What assessment do you draw from the last ten years at the head of the municipality?

Many things have developed in Deuil-la-Barre (Val-d’Oise) over the past ten years. 80% of the program presented to residents has been completed.

We proposed measures that we knew realistic and which we managed to hold. We have in mind what we want to do with Mourning in the future, we want to continue to give it meaning again.

The municipality strives to make the town an inclusive city, where people are considered a priority. We also think about the future, a large part of our measures are oriented towards the future.

Regarding Bip / Avenue du Parisis, does your position remain unchanged?

Yes, my position on this project has remained the same since 1989! I am opposed to the Bip because it is a project thought of at the birth of the automobile. At the time, this vision could be held but today, our cities have grown.

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The Bip would be a stone’s throw from the city center, we would be enormously impacted. It’s a backward-looking project. This would destroy a green area from the most beautiful place in Deuil-la-Barre, from which you can see Paris.

The Bip would go against our ideas, such as that of building a green corridor towards the Montmorency forest: we are currently working with Épinay-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis) so that we can reach the forest from the Seine, thanks to gentle mobility. We prefer public transport, with this line 19 project, planned for 2040.

Is level crossing No. 4 (Pn4) still a major problem for the City?

This is a 40-year-old project. We found a solution, after two years of consultation. The funds are found. There are two important elements for Pn4: first, the question of deviation automobile.

We are not going to pass cars over or under the railway tracks. We will divert them towards the south of the city. The SNCF is building an underpass, which will be inaugurated in exactly one year, at the time of Ascension 2025. There will be a rail bridge on the Montmagny side. The second thing is the construction of roads for fallow areas.

THE Department is currently purchasing the strips of land. Pn4 will be closed in 2027. An underground passage will be dug for pedestrians and bicycles, because it is important to have the connection between the two sides of Deuil. It’s just a question of deadlines.

You say you want to turn the municipality towards the future…

We are developing several actions in this direction. The building materials are sustainable. It is with nature that we will continue to build. We teach residents to respect it and consider it as a heritage in its own right.

The living environment and the environment seem to be two priorities.

Obviously. We want a green city, to fight against heat islands. We have replanted and are still replanting trees. We promote gentle mobility and biodiversity. The living environment means improving the roads and passages on our coast, continuing the green flow, keeping the city clean and renewing the towns and villages in bloom label, for which we obtained a third flower. Deuil-la-Barre is a town committed to nature. It is part of our heritage.

You want to make Deuil-la-Barre an inclusive city.

Of course ! The City was retained Cpj disabled sports (Games preparation centers). We are the only municipality in Val-d’Oise in this case. On September 8, for the closing of the Paralympic Games, an inclusive residence will be created.

The ice rink closed in 2017, is a reopening planned?

For us, it is not reasonable to do one again. We are already counting our energies. Several others ice rinks Ile-de-France areas are closing and the trend is going in this direction. We couldn’t afford it financially. There will almost certainly be a swimming pool instead.

And some topics are not finished.

There is Pn4 at the top of the list, but also the dojo. We are missing a venue for combat sports, it is in progress. We also have cultural projects linked to the conservatory.

We are going to renovate our village hall. The city center is also to be taken back. We want to bring the story of Mourning back to life. The former France Telecom building will become a municipal technical center. There is also a resource project.

Are you going to run again in 2026?

I would say that I am rather For. In principle, I am in favor of an additional mandate. But it may not be the entire mandate.

Four questions

The best day of the mandate?

Certainly the inauguration of the security center. It was a twenty year battle. It was also a great saving, since of the €9 million planned, we only spent €2 million. We will continue to develop the police-population link through prevention. We are going to build a police museum there, which will open in October.

Worst day?

When we measured the catastrophic finances of the City when we arrived, because of toxic loans. We were on the verge of asphyxiation. We did a lot of workshops with the Dgfip (General Directorate of Public Finances), which did not believe at all that we could recover. It was very stressful.

Your best encounter?

It’s not one, but a group of people. We organized a football match with people with disabilities. Seeing one-legged people play so well and forget their handicap, that made an impression on me. The human side, the will to get through it despite the problems, was strong. I asked them the question: if they gave you your leg back, what would that do to you? Everyone told me they wouldn’t want it.

A blunder?

We have installed inclusive games alongside several large sets. This was discussed with an association, but we made a mistake, we put them in the wrong place and they were misused. This created nuisance where there was none. Young people used it as it was not intended. We are going to create a shared garden with all the stakeholders, to recreate links and ensure that it does not remain a failure.

The results of the opponents

According to the oppositionscommunication and publicity effects hide a lack of achievements.

They denounce a municipality “lagging behind”.

“We remain hungry. »

It is with these words that Vincent Gayrard, president of the opposition group Ensemble pour Deuil-la-Barre (Edlb), describes the ten years of mandate by Muriel Scolan.

“We are looking for emblematic achievements,” says the opponent.

A “catastrophe” first mandate

“The first term was disastrous. As for the second one, there’s not much more going on. Not much has happened in Mourning for ten years,” underlines Vincent Gayrard.

The latter denounces the announcement effects and the lack of actions.

The president of Edlb adds to this assessment the three tax increases“while there was a promise to lower them in 2014”.

For him, the “great promise” of the consolidated police station, this security center, would have been transformed into a simple “police station.

Of the hundred civil servants announced, there are barely ten.”

There democracy participatory approach also raises questions within the opposition.

We are the last municipality in this sector which does not broadcast municipal councils (Cm) on Facebook. We always seek the involvement of residents in projects and in daily life. We no longer have neighborhood meetings, the people of Deuillois are not consulted.

Vincent Gayrard, president of the opposition group Ensemble pour Deuil-la-Barre (Edlb)

“We are lagging behind”

Jean-Marie Roy, of the opposition group Libres à Deuil, confirms the majority of Edlb’s positions.

“We have made a serious difference on several themes,” he criticizes.

“Our finance could be better managed, the three tax increases are not justified. »

About the security, Jean-Marie Roy affirms that the majority “operates in communications”. Instead of a police station that operates at all hours of the day and night, we have a cheap security center. There is so much space that the majority do not know what to do with it and create a museum.”

For the latter, “town planning is a service in difficulty. There is no elected representative dedicated to this topic. We are suffocating, it is building up excessively.”

The recent visit of Marina Ferrari, Secretary of State for Digital, rekindles problems.

There are concerns about Internet cuts, anarchy among the speakers. The people of Deuillois are paying for this delay.

Jean-Marie Roy, from the opposition group Libres à Deuil

Finally, the opponent considers that communication is “the Achilles heel of this team, along with participatory democracy. We are no longer consulted, the CMs are not retransmitted. The municipal newspaper is similar to propaganda of the majority”.

Jean-Marie Roy, however, is delighted with the attractiveness.

“We’re catching up with a certain delay, the city center has come back to life with shops. »

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