The news from week 19 summarized in weekly overview

What happened in Alphen last week? From lack of understanding of recordings in De Ridderhof and installation of the new dormitory to sustainable housing and bird flu. You can read this and more in’s weekly overview.

Recordings in De Ridderhof

Filming took place last Monday morning in and around the De Ridderhof shopping center, and it created a number of misunderstandings among the Alphenaren. The use of fake weapons was seen as disrespectful, given the Ridderhof drama on April 9, 2011. “What idiot thought it was a good idea to walk around De Ridderhof with fake weapons ???”

After a riot around the filming, the municipality responded by apologizing. They also admitted that the reporting could have been more careful and accurate. The film is a youth film and has nothing to do with the shooting drama eleven years ago.

The College of Mayors and Councilors

On Thursday 19 May, Kees van Velzen and Han de Jager said goodbye to the political arena in Alphen aan den Rijn. Van Velzen has been active in Alphen aan den Rijn since 2011, De Jager since 2014. The two very experienced councilors have made room for new councilors.

These new councilors were installed Thursday ahead of the city council meeting. Gert-Jan Schotanus and Gerard van As will continue their work at the college, but Anouk Noordermeer, Gert van den Ham and Relus Breeuwsma are newcomers. The new councilors ensure that the board is rejuvenated, and Noordermeer is also the first woman to start working as a councilor in Alphen aan den Rijn after the merger.

The new councilors rule on behalf of the coalition parties Nieuw Elan, VVD, D66 and CDA. Formater André de Jeu presented the coalition agreement at the city council meeting on Thursday 19 May. GroenLinks, ChristenUnie, PvdA, SGP and RGL subsequently joined a Coalition of the Willing, an agreement between the coalition parties and parties that are not part of the coalition but want to join initiatives at an early stage.

To live and build

There was a lot of news coming out this week regarding housing and new construction. For example, Woonforte completed a major solar panel project. Over the course of four years, the housing association has set up 27,756 panels on 3,106 single-family houses to help make Alphen aan den Rijn more sustainable.

At home at Klaverhof was also made more sustainable. During the renovation of the rental properties, which dates from the 1970s, various sustainability measures were implemented and extensive renovations were carried out. For example, the apartments have gone to at least brand B and 60 permanent bat boxes have been integrated.

Moreover, the precautions were recently again hit in the red village: windows in the demolished houses were again smashed. After a search, the police managed to stop a group of people and the data was recorded. After the many cases of nuisance and destruction in the Red Village, the demolition site was completely closed on Thursday.

Construction of the new food bank and town hall is in full swing. Unfortunately, there is also an economic downturn. Like everyone else, Fødevarebanken notices that prices have risen sharply. The additional cost item now amounts to € 12,000.

Speaking of new construction: It is no secret that our municipality has a great need for housing. Smart use of the limited space will, among other things, require a compact construction, which is reflected in high-rise buildings and densification. The municipality summarizes the plans and challenges for this in an intensification vision. You can read more about what it is exactly and why it is needed in this article.

Messages from the emergency services

Last Sunday night, a car crashed into a tree on the Zegerbaan. The cause of the accident was a quarrel between the residents, it sounded the next day. Busy arm movements caused the car to sling, land on the wrong side of the road and hit the tree.

A good deed was also done on Sunday, May 15th. An attentive person noticed that two people messed around with a boat and called the police. When they arrived at the boat, police found signs of burglary.

Last weekend, several police reports were also issued for driving under the influence. In several places in Alphen, police found motorists taking one sip too much. A person’s driving license was also confiscated.

School tournaments

After two years, the BSC Alphians school tournament could finally be hosted again this week. No less than a hundred children had signed up to become acquainted with the sport of baseball and softball. On Wednesday, the tournament took place with seven participating schools. And it was a great success according to the organization.

The regional final of the School Football Tournament also took place in Alphia last Wednesday. With 300 children and many parents present, it was a lovely sporty afternoon. Unfortunately, the Alphen schools were not awarded and they will not be present at the District Finals.

Other news

Monday afternoon it was chaos on the Alphense roads. The barriers on the Albert Schweitzer Bridge no longer opened and stopped all freight traffic. The surrounding roads were also disturbed as a result and Alphen was blocked in many places. Luckily it resolved itself after a while and the traffic was able to drive over the bridge again.

Last Tuesday was the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. For this reason, among other things, the mayor hoisted a rainbow flag in Burgemeester Visserpark. Alphen aan den Rijn wants to be a municipality where there is no discrimination and is therefore also a rainbow municipality that is obliged to accept the LGBTIQ community.

Bird flu was diagnosed in Boskoop on a small poultry farm. As a result, a transport ban applies to companies within 10 kilometers. This transport ban applies to all birds and hatching and table eggs from a place with birds. The ban also applies to animal products from poultry farms.

The registration of participants for the holiday game started last weekend. However, there are too few volunteers, so many children came on the waiting list. A group of girls took matters into their own hands and appealed to find their own supervisor. They hope to be there again this year.

Of course, the weather also kept us very busy last week. For example, the thunderstorm early Thursday morning gave a spectacular picture. Alphenaar Wesley Hogervorst managed to capture a lightning strike at Zegerplas in the photo. A few hours later, just before it started to rain, Alphen photographer Josh Walet quickly managed to take this cool photo of the impending thunderstorm with his drone.

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