Voorschoten opposition parties enter into “progressive agreement”

VLNR: Arnold Posthuma (PvdA), Albert Deuzeman (GroenLinks), Adriaan Andringa (D66) and Erik Maassen (SP). (Photo: Chris de Waard).

The four opposition parties in Voorschoten have drawn up a ‘progressive agreement’. It was presented on Friday afternoon in Wapen van Voorschoten. In the sixteen-page piece D66, GroenLinks, PvdA and SP have written down which subjects they want to devote extra attention to in the coming period.

“It is not about all the topics that we consider important, but they are proposals that we would like to support together. Concrete proposals to make Voorschoten better and more beautiful”, say the group leaders of the four parties.

The agreement focuses on issues such as affordable housing, sustainability, the village center, poverty alleviation, sports, culture, parking and participation. The four parties make proposals for each of these topics. A Voorschoten Pass, for example, which makes it easier for children from less well-off families to participate in sports and culture.

Chris de Waard spoke in Wapen van Voorschoten with the four party leaders about a number of their spearheads from the Progressive Agreement.

Cheap housing is one of the points SP has raised in the agreement between the four opposition parties. 67 percent of newly built owner-occupied and rental housing must be affordable, of which 35 percent is social housing from companies. The housing associations’ existing housing stock must quickly be made more sustainable to a minimum of grade C and average grade B. For the four parties, there is no question of a rent increase. “The corporations have many extra resources from the government, and the landlord tax has also been abolished,” says SP’s party leader Maassen. The municipal board must include such matters in the performance agreements entered into with the companies.

Vliet pass
A Voorschoten pass for all residents is an idea of ​​GroenLinks. “He can also be called Vlietpas, we have to look at that again,” says party chairman Albert Deuzeman. “The package must be made available to all residents. Minimum people get it for free, the rest pay an amount for it.” It should be a discount card for everyone, guaranteeing a minimum income and children from less well-off families easy access to sports and culture. “Without people having to keep putting all their things on the table. It has a stigmatizing effect, meaning that not everyone makes use of existing schemes.”

The opposition is also paying close attention to the village centre. Treubplein is to become the beating heart of Voorschoten. With events and without cars. For example, it must be a cozy residential area and a good connection between Schoolstraat and Voorstraat. With room for more catering. You can park a little further away in one of the parking garages on the edge of the center. Cars should also be banned from the Voorstraat. It should regain the character of a square. Only the residents’ cars are still welcome in the eyes of the four parties.

An important point for the PvdA is the elimination of fragmentation in the healthcare system. This is now spread over different regions and should preferably be concentrated in the Leiden region. With one counter and preferably also one coordinating therapist per family who has an overview if several issues are involved.

Allow parking
Because parking pressure is very high in some neighbourhoods, the four parties argue for the introduction of permit parking. But only if the residents themselves want it. Parking of the first car can then remain free. The measure is mainly aimed at banning foreign parking. It also increases the quality of life, the joint opposition believes.

Other matters that have ended up in the agreement are, for example, more greenery, also by handing out ‘baby trees’ to residents for each newborn child. The Papewegsepolder must absolutely remain green. Traffic safety around schools should be improved. Plans should be made for this together with the parents, local residents and the schools themselves. After all, they know best what can be improved.

More youth workers and the introduction of neighborhood sports coaches must not only involve the young people more in the development of sports and culture, but it can also prevent nuisance from groups of young people if the facilities are better adapted to what the young people need. In order to renew citizen participation, a citizens’ forum with experts and stakeholders should also be introduced. To ensure that participation is as broad as possible, invitations are also drawn.

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