Thierry Lavit, mayor of Lourdes made a new round trip to the capital to find levers to get the city of Lourdes out of an economic crisis that follows the pandemic. After the Ministry of Tourism and Emmanuel Macron’s advisers, it was at the door of the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities that the Lourdais went knocking.
Laurent Jubier, chief of staff to the mayor of Lourdes, explains: “We then went to the Ministry of Transformation and the Civil Service in order to convince the ministry to support the services of the City within the framework of the urban master plan, a We need to have the means and the engineering, at 10/15 years old, with a precise urban plan and it is necessary for the State to come and support us because we cannot do it alone “.
Rethinking urban planning
It is thanks to the ANCT, the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, which facilitates the access of local authorities to the resources necessary to control their projects that these technical and financial engineering tools, partnerships or subsidies, can be released. Laurent Jubier explains: “We will be able to take advantage of specific tools to reimburse our town planning, for a restructuring of the city center but also for the redevelopment of the banks of the Gave for example”.
Lourdes, soon to be at the heart of the Pyrenees wool industry?
A third meeting was on the program of this marathon trip, in the area of economic development and it is the management of the National House of Breeders that the mayor of Lourdes took: “We mentioned the possibility of setting up in Lourdes, a new economic sector linked to the Pyrenees line, this is a project we have with the Region. “Pyrenean wool is a raw material with potential for development thanks to multiple multiples, whether in textiles , insulation, cosmetics …
Areas that should be developed, such as the detail of the “Plan Avenir Lourdes”, during a communication planned by Thierry Lavit, Wednesday.