Edition pajot : HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31

HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

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HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

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HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

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HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

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HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

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HERNE – Extracts from the city council and the social welfare council of August 31 – © Deschuyffeleer

A series of shifts

The departure from the politics of alderman Lieven Vandenneucker on 1 September brought with it a whole series of shifts. From now on, his successor Kris Degroote will be the third alderman in the municipal council and the council for social welfare. He also joins the board of directors of the municipal autonomous company. To this end, he tendered his resignation as chairman of the city council. In that position he is now succeeded by councilor Frank Nevens. Mayor Kris Poelaert remains deputy chairman.

Mayor Kris Poelaert figuratively praised Lieven Vandenneucker, partly on the basis of a delicate film compilation, by thanking him for his many years of dedication, dedication and cooperation to have allowed Herne to continue to grow ‘together’ and ‘in group’ and to put card. In passing, he mentioned a few special anecdotes that they had experienced together, and he greatly appreciated the commitment and decisiveness of Lieven, who appeared not to hesitate to roll up his sleeves for the well-being of the inhabitants in times of need. He therefore had no choice but to characterize Lieven as “a person with a big mouth, but with a small heart”. He also made it clear that the entire team will miss Lieven, but that Lieven will probably also miss politics. For the mayor it was therefore not a farewell to the outgoing ships, but a ‘goodbye’ with possibly a possible return to politics one day. The mayor also wished him every success and an ‘enjoy life’ in his further undertakings. As a memento, he received a farewell card from all councilors and also the promise that he can expect to receive the title of honorary ships in the near future.

In his farewell speech, Lieven Vandenneucker reflected on his decision to take up politics as a young man at the time. This turned out to be not only out of curiosity, but also out of pure enthusiasm and with the determination and healthy ambition to make Herne the coolest municipality in Flanders. For him, his first election as councilor – that was in 2000 – also marked the beginning of his political career, the beginning of his outspoken social drive and also the beginning of a public existence. However, it became a damn difficult choice for him to quit politics with countless sleepless nights, a lot of worrying and a lot of conversations. But with such choice stress you have to make a decision, he decided. And then you ultimately choose what seems best to you. Then you choose for yourself and for your own route. He also made it clear that his political career had brought him beautiful memories, rewarding projects and warm friendships. He especially wants to cherish those friendships. He therefore wanted to thank the many people, the associations, the inhabitants, the colleagues, the people from the administration and the people from the technical service with whom he had worked over the past 22 years for his many years of cooperation and commitment. “Keep going for it, for each other and for our dream and that Herne may remain a top municipality”, were his (for now?) last public words in local politics.

As a replacement for Lieven Vandenneucker, the city council also appointed Kris Degroote as municipal representative for the general meeting of the Flemish Institute for Sports Management and Recreation Policy and as deputy delegate for the general meeting of the Dender basin, the administrative pillar of water consultation in that basin. As new-fangled ships he was given the opportunity to introduce himself. With his West Flemish roots, he ended up in Herne 21 years ago. Professionally, he is deputy secretary of the Central Council for Business. He was first elected as a councilor in 2006. He has been chairman of the city council since 2012 until now. In addition to being chairman of Services Service Herne vzw (DSH), he is now also chairman of the parent council of the free primary school De Bloesem. He is also active with the Legato choir and the KWB. Within the lap of the local executive council, he is given the powers of agriculture, rural development, the environment, sport, festivities, ICT and the information sheet. He stated, together with his colleagues in the college and with the council members, that he wanted to fully take up his role as alderman and, as a team player, to continue to ensure the continuity of the policy with a clear vision for a sustainable future. Mayor Kris Poelaert welcomed the new ships. He praised him for his efforts in the past and is convinced that he will also do his utmost to make Herne an even better municipality.

Sonja Van Den Bossche, previously a member of the special committee for social services, then fills the vacant seat of Lieven Vandenneucker as a councilor as the next successor on the CD&V list. She will be replaced in that committee by councilor Vanessa Van Hende.

Councilor Patrick De Vos also submitted his resignation as a member of the special committee for social services. Here it is now councilor Lieven Van Den Broeck who is following in his footsteps.

The circle

The councilors approved the draft of the authentic deed for the purchase of the Circle. The purchase price is €925,000. In addition to obtaining subsidies from the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the purchase of ‘vacant or vacant commercial premises and business premises with a view to supporting local entrepreneurship in cores’ for an amount of €270,000, which is almost 30% of the purchase price, the intention is to take out a loan of €650,000 for the remaining 70%. The board may now issue an order from the municipal council to the banking institutions whose placement conditions and conditions have been laid down.

The property was purchased for reasons of public interest, in particular for the realization of the ‘A strong core for Herne’ project. The acquisition also occupies a key position in achieving the policy objective of ‘Supporting local commercial activity’.

Old school buildings Markevallei

The councilors ratified the mayor’s ordinance issued on 11 July 2022 in the event of an emergency regarding public order, tranquility and safety and prohibiting access to the site of the old school buildings of the Markevallei in the Grotestraat. That regulation proved necessary because the buildings are in a very bad state and there were regular reports of the presence of young people causing a nuisance.

Gaine Street

The councilors also approved the creation of a 12 m parking strip reserved for the disabled in the Gainestraat near houses 1 and 3.

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01 Sep 2022

Godelieve Deschuyffeleer

Godelieve Deschuyffeleer

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