Thursday, December 9

Olympic Games 2024: work on the Aubervilliers training pool authorized to resume

The Paris administrative court of appeal lifted this Tuesday, November 23 the suspension of the building permit for a training pool for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in Aubervilliers, in Seine-Saint-Denis (93). A decision which allows “the resumption of work”, despite opposition from environmentalists.

“The summary judge granted the request of the municipality of Aubervilliers and lifted the effects of the suspension he ordered on September 20, as well as the injunction to end the work concerned. The work of the aquatic center can therefore legally resume, at this stage of the litigation procedure ”which must be judged on the merits in December, the court said in a statement.

In its order, this court – competent in disputes related to the Olympic Games – indeed considered that the city of Aubervilliers had “regularized” the points which had initially led to the suspension of the site. Among them, the legality of the building permit, compensation in terms of town planning (tree plantations in particular) and above all the presence of a restaurant within this public facility, now transformed into a “fitness and well-being space” .

Disgruntled environmentalists

Three gardeners and two associations for the protection of the environment are at the initiative of this emergency procedure against the project, which involves the destruction of around 4,000 m2 of plots of workers’ gardens that are around a hundred years old. Last September 20, the court had just suspended the site, because of the destruction of 67 trees, and this, “whereas the building permit does not envisage under the compensation […] than replanting 47 trees, ”the court noted.

In recent months, hundreds of people had also shown their hostility to the project by demonstrating or, for some, by transforming it for four months into a “garden to defend”. On September 18 again, about 300 people marched in Aubervilliers to denounce this project, which they believe is contrary to the ecological emergency.

Budgeted at 33 million euros, the swimming pool must be part of the Olympic calendar to benefit from subsidies from the Solideo (the company responsible for delivering the works for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games), which finances a third of the cost of the project, and be ready in time to welcome the athletes.

Training pool for swimmers during the Olympics, the pool must then be accessible to the inhabitants of this popular city of Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in France. And this, while about 60% of the children of this department located north-east of Paris cannot swim when they enter 6th grade, in particular for lack of sufficient infrastructure.

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