Grenoble: the Lac de la Villeneuve Collective asks the town hall that the outdoor swimming pool project be suspended

Grenoble: the Lac de la Villeneuve Collective asks the town hall that the outdoor swimming pool project be suspended
Grenoble: the Lac de la Villeneuve Collective asks the town hall that the outdoor swimming pool project be suspended

Activists from the Collectif du Lac took advantage of the Grenoble municipal council meeting on June 24 to demonstrate in front of the Town Hall, before the opening of the debates.

They oppose the town hall’s plan to transform Lake Villeneuve into an open-air swimming pool. Petitions have collected more than 2,000 signatures but the City remains inflexible. This was a campaign promise in 2020 and it must be kept.

However, for the Collective, this promise initially consisted of making the lake swimmable for the inhabitants who for generations have made it a friendly place where we meet in the evening for picnics or barbecues, while the children dip their feet in the water.

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Since then, the project has changed in nature, which does not suit Alain Manac’h, from the Collective and who has always lived in Villeneuve: “The elected officials said that for the lake to be swimmable it would be necessary to dig it. However, if we dig it, it becomes dangerous, because the children who have been wading in it for 50 years no longer have a foothold. So the ARS says that we must put barriers two meters high all around. So, we need opening hours, we need to hire lifeguards, we need to build changing cabins and we disfigure the site, which is in the middle of a magnificent park.

Alain Manac’h continues: “The town hall does not listen to us, it deceives us! In addition, the project, which was initially costed at 4.8 million euros, has already increased to 5.6 million! It is expensive for the swimming pool which will not be open only four months a year.”

In addition, concludes the Collective: “people come especially in the evening near the lake and if the project goes ahead, they won’t be able to anymore, because everything will be closed! We want a real restoration of this space, with the guarantee of unpolluted water, but no more!”

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