Councilor Melanie van der Horst thanked the submitters for their many questions and immediately started talking about the much-discussed debate on June 28, for which she complimented VVD councilor Daan Wijnants.
Van der Horst: “It turned out that there were more signals from emergency and emergency services than I was aware of. I regretted that then and I still do. I then said that I would look further into how this could have happened during the evaluation of the trial.”
She said she tightened the reins after the emergency debate. “After the suspension, I tightened the reins to close the gap between the image and the signals I received. I then personally verified the reports with the emergency and emergency services every day and there is now a broad and structural discussion about accessibility in the city.”
According to Van der Horst, the WOO documents show that she ‘was not fully informed’. “Things did not go well during the preparation. An escalation model has been drawn up in collaboration with emergency and emergency services, and there has been daily contact with the joint control room. We could never have removed all concerns in advance, because it was a pilot that will require a lot.”
She is also reflective about her own performance as alderman: “There was a lot of contact, but we underestimated that we should have continued to have extensive discussions in the run-up to the test. That should have been even more.”