a petition against the sale of the Vion barracks
Nearly 200 signatures have already been accelerated. Launched two weeks ago, the petition aims to save the famous Vion barracks in Toulouse. During the last Toulouse City Council, on April 1, 2022, the town hall decided to put the Vion barracks up for sale. A decision which was massively criticized by the elected representatives of the opposition, but also by the people of Toulouse residing in particular in the district of Saint-Cyprien.
The inhabitants of Toulouse at the origin of the petition claim first of all that the town hall remains owner of the building. The second complaint is based on a desire to create a hub of public services and infrastructure for local residents.
The town hall of Toulouse is committed to a co-construction work with the inhabitants and all the associative and economic actors to create a pole of public services and housing in line with the needs of the district such as sports equipment, theater , educational place, etc”, explains the authors of the petition.
Thus, these residents oppose “the sale of the historical heritage of the city so that it benefits private operators”. The Vion barracks in Toulouse was built in 1972 by the Toulouse architect Pierre Debeaux. It is even classified as a “remarkable monument of the 20th century”. In total, this huge building located at the level of the Allées Charles de Fitte in Toulouse has eighty-five apartments in a twelve-storey building, a concrete hall of 1,200 m2, an amphitheater of 110 m2, a gymnasium of 350 m2, a 3,100 m2 office and housing building, a swimming pool, a diving pit and a pipe drying tower.
Departure of firefighters from the Vion barracks
Next October, the men of the Vion barracks will move to the newly built Carsalade barracks. After their departure, the men of Vion will be temporarily replaced by those of the barracks of Lougnon (Toulouse) which will begin an 18-month renovation phase.
The sirens of Vion will cease to hold back permanently in two years and will turn the page on an emblematic place in the Pink City.
>> The link of the petition here.