Controversy after the installation of concrete blocks in front of the premises of the Samu social in Toulouse
Concrete blocks were installed in front of the premises of the Samu social avenue Etienne-Billières in Toulouse this summer. They arouse the ire of municipal opposition. According to the town hall, their installation “secures the public space and satisfies the residents of the district”.
Since this Monday morning, a tweet from François Piquemal is particularly retweeted on the famous blue bird social network. The member of the municipal opposition, of the group Alternative Municipaliste Citoyenne, denounces the installation of five concrete blocks in front of the premises of the Samu social. They are in addition to six blocks installed about three years ago. For François Piquemal, this street furniture was put in place by the Toulouse town hall to “prevent the homeless from being able to sleep there”.
Since their installation about 4 months ago, the tents of people without accommodation have effectively disappeared, note an employee of 115, as well as residents.
“These people are not at fault”
Like this street shopkeeper whose shop is located a stone’s throw away. “These blocks make it possible to avoid the installation of tents and the crowds. It is true that when there were too many people, customers crossed so as not to pass in the street. But these people are not at fault, the system is. When you see kids sleeping outside it hurts your heart. Virginia, real estate agent, whose agency adjoins the premises of the Social Watch, does not say other chosen.
“Before these tents were set up, there were a lot of crowds, but these people were not aggressive. They have been outside for months in all weather with babies, you just can’t be insensitive. “The blocks do not solve the problem, people are settling elsewhere”, also assures Lucie, a local resident.
“The people who were camping in front of the premises spontaneously left this site,” specifies the prefecture. After examining their situation, one family was referred to the hotel given their vulnerability, and another to the national reception system in conjunction with the OFII. “
Jean-Paul Bouche, mayor of the district, confirmed that “at the end of this summer, non-community families in difficulty settled in front of the premises and that an orientation work was carried out by the SIAO and the OFII to take charge of them ”. At the same time, four concrete blocks were added to, he says, “improve the security of public space and guarantee access to the premises for all”. A measure that “would satisfy residents and associations” according to the elected.