For several months, opposition to the project to build a biomass power plant at the Maourine skatepark has not gone down. The inhabitants of the Michel-Ange, Maourines, Croix Daurade and Borderouge districts continue to unite.
“We fear the abandonment of the project at the skatepark, rue Ernest-Renan”, summarizes the chairman of the committee, Serge Baggi. While the call for tenders launched by the town hall closed in March, the Minimes-Barrières district committee in Paris sent a letter to the mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc. A biomass boiler room produces heat and geothermal energy for cold by the combustion of organic matter. Opponents denounce a polluting project that has no place in a place deemed too close to homes, shops and schools. Among the uncertainties, local residents are worried about smoke emissions from such a boiler room and truck trips to supply the plant with wood. In protest, residents proudly inhabited the facades of the banner district.
The response of elected officials
For its part, the town hall is asking its services to consider another location for this biomass power plant. Pierre Trautmann, deputy mayor, remains open to any other proposal for a location. For him, a collective boiler system always remains less polluting than an individual installation in each household. “We understand the reaction of the inhabitants, it is legitimate,” he reassures. In the meantime, the inhabitants continue to meet to better make their anger heard.