Youth council rejects playground compromise
26 January 2006, BRUSSELS — The youth council of Menen has rejected a compromise proposal from residents to allow limited playground activities in the city district of Lauwe.
26 January 2006
BRUSSELS — The youth council of Menen has rejected a compromise proposal from residents to allow limited playground activities in the city district of Lauwe.
The council said it was unacceptable that residents would retain the right to close the disputed playground at any moment.
The Menen City Council spoke on Wednesday night with the seven residents who won a court battle forcing the closure of the playground two weeks ago.
In a compromise deal, the residents agreed to allow youth centre Hoeve Delaere to stage its spring term holiday activities as initially planned.
However, the Menen youth council has rejected the compromise, public broadcaster VRT reported on Thursday.
Its chairman, Stan Roose, said it was a "half-hearted proposal" and remained opposed to a clause allowing residents to close the playground at any time.
"We cannot take the risk of organising an activity that at any moment can be called off by residents," he said, adding that it would be a disaster for both parents and children.
Instead, the youth council is demanding a similar meeting with the city council and residents to ensure an agreement is reached that is "clear and complete".
A Kortrijk Court judge ordered the closure of the playground two weeks due to ongoing noise pollution complaints from residents.
However, the ruling sparked a storm of protest from government authorities, children's rights groups and other city residents. The case will be heard on appeal in the near future.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news