Toulouse: the inhabitants of the Bonhoure district found themselves a bit of green space with the Telegraph garden
The mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc responded, Friday, May 20, to the opening of the Claude Chappe Telegraph garden, Bonhoure district, in place of the old pylon of discord.
It’s a story that started badly for the inhabitants of the Bonhoure district, on the heights of Toulouse, but which ends rather well. And for good reason, the mayor and president of Toulouse Métropole Jean-Luc Moudenc came to inaugurate, this Friday, the opening of the new garden of the Telegraph Claude Chappe, named after its designer.
A garden with a play area for children of nearly 800 m2 built in place of a site that housed a drinking water production storage, then in the mid-eighties, the famous TDF transmission pylon for television and radio which had angered local residents. After twenty-seven years of administrative battle, they finally won their case and the pylon was dismantled in 2012.
“Satisfied with the result”
“The land remained free of any exploitation for a few years and the community decided, around a year and a half ago, the project to create a shared, local garden, explains Antony, employee of the green spaces. Whereupon, our service is provided with a play area for children and parents, with picnic tables, drinking fountain and benches. »
The Telegraph Claude Chappe garden is a long-awaited project in the district. The idea of a garden came out of the hat of the association of residents of Bonhoure almost at the time of the dismantling of the pylon, as recalled by its president Thierry Jouclas, ten years ago. The latter said he was “rather satisfied with the result”, unveiled in front of dozens of inhabitants.
“It’s an event”
“It’s an event because this place has been neglected for years, recalled Jean-Luc Moudenc in his inaugural speech. The story of the pylon has been the subject of chronicles in the neighborhood for many years. It is a very beautiful place, in one of the emergences of Toulouse. This corresponds to one of the priorities of the municipal team, strengthens the quality of life in the neighborhoods and activates all the levers, as soon as possible. Toulouse is a large city, the fourth largest in France, it now has no less than 500,000 inhabitants, or even above. Faced with this demographic expansion, which sometimes scares Toulouse residents a little, is a sign of dynamism. We know cities which, on the contrary, are in decline”.
This will not be the case for the public garden, a veritable bubble of air in this wealthy district, welcomed with relaxation by the inhabitants. Even if “a few benches are missing”, notes Françoise, a long-time resident of the neighborhood.