The message from chairman Harry Broekhuizen of the Kant Nog Wal Foundation, earlier this week in the council debate, was not a cheerful one. More and more people are through it psychically and mentally. For many, the situation they are in feels hopeless. Especially now that the amounts of the damage reports are disappointing. Twenty to forty thousand euros.
People wanted to weld a bridge
According to the chairman, the increasing feeling of powerlessness also manifests itself in more willingness to act among the residents. “A number of them had the idea of welding a bridge so that cargo ships could not continue sailing. Others wanted to block the waterway with boats. ” The foundation managed to calm things down and the campaigns were canceled.
Where there is plenty of willingness to take action among the residents, the same residents miss it at their municipality of Twenterand. This was a reason for the enforcement request against the manager / owner of the Almelo-De Haandrik canal, the province of Overijssel. Pieter Ekkel from Geerdijk submitted this request on behalf of 82 residents. Just like Broekhuizen and three other victims, he made use of his right to speak in a council debate this week. “It is sink or swim. Municipalities take responsibility for the residents of this disaster area. ”
“Twenterand is too sweet”
Ekkel (doctoral student, engineer) and the co-applicants think that the College of Twente is far too sweet towards the province of Overijssel. “As a resident I miss the college by my side, the fatherhood, the protection. I have no confidence that the current council and these coalition parties understand all the problems surrounding the channel and whether they still have a grip on them. ”
Stand up for us, or are you afraid of the province?
The submitters consider that the Commission has at least once set out against the province. After the province established the claim settlement, Twenterand sent a letter in which the settlement was called inadequate. “Did it stop here?” Ekkel wonders. “Stand up for us, or are you afraid of the province, afraid of no longer being their boyfriend? If so, make way for people who dare and show their backbone. ”
Alderman Roel Koster says that the four municipalities involved (Hellendoorn, Twenterand, Ommen and Hardenberg, editors) and the province have agreed to act as one government. Precisely to prevent people from being sent from pillar to post. Koster: “They were not very happy with our letter about the claim settlement.” Moreover, the alderman claims that he does hit the provincial table with his fist if something does not suit him. This happens in administrative discussions, which are not public. .
The residents find it insufficient. Their municipality must take tougher action against big brother, the province of Overijssel. The enforcement request concerns preparation, implementation and aftercare. It states, among other things, that the bottom of the canal must be raised to its original level in certain parts and that previously issued permits must be withdrawn. To possibly enforce everything by imposing a penalty.
Folding anchors of 15 meters
The enforcement request also refers to the Deltares report, which states that materials other than those described in the permit were used during the work on the canal. “Sheet piles are anchored with so-called folding anchors with a length of 15 meters. These anchors have ended up against and even under the foundations of our houses. The permit states that shorter anchors would be used, of a maximum of 5 meters. ”
How is it possible that other building materials were used during the work and why did the municipality not act against this at the time? These questions have occupied residents for some time. Ekkel: “If I build a house and deviate from the permit, because I make the basement bigger by going underground over the boundary, I get away with it by saying: ‘With the knowledge I have, I don’t see that mistakes have been made ‘. ”
The petitioners have given the board eight weeks to take a decision, which is the legal deadline. “Of course I hope they will respond sooner,” says Ekkel. “And I also hope that I and the four other speakers will receive answers to all our questions that we asked last week. Hopefully these will not get stuck in a vacuum. ”