During the city council of Toulouse this Friday, July 1, the elected representatives of the opposition judged the measures taken in the face of the failing heat wave. They ask for a long-term plan to “adapt the city to ecological issues”.
heat stroke in Toulouse city council. The episode of heat wave, but especially the measures taken by the City in the face of it, marked the elected representatives of the opposition. They did not fail to let it be known during the city council on Friday July 1, 2022. As a reminder, a heat wave affected Toulouse last month. Météo France had also placed the Haute-Garonne in heat wave red vigilance on June 16.
As a result, the Town Hall had decided to keep the Nakache swimming pool open until 8:30 p.m. and to extend the opening hours of the Jardin des Plantes. Insufficient measures for the opposition. “We experienced a period of heat wave in the middle of spring and the only response given was to open a garden and a swimming pool later and to tell people to drink water”, denounces Agathe Roby, co-president of the group. Alternative municipal citizen (AMC).
The proposals of the elected representatives of the opposition in the face of the heat wave
For Antoine Maurice, “many things could be done in the short term” in the face of the heat wave. The president of the Toulouse environmentalist and citizen group thus asks “to open the parks 24 hours a day” and “the schools which would have green spaces in the evenings and on weekends”, “to widen the opening hours of the swimming pools and public places where you can cool off”.
Did you know ? We are a city without slides in the municipal swimming pools in Toulouse. Pools are not just for swimming but for as many people as possible to cool off and have fun. pic.twitter.com/SjjQWmUOkZ
— Agathe Roby (@RobyAgathe) July 1, 2022
Sacha Briand, deputy mayor, made a point of responding to the opposition elected officials: “We have does incomparably more than your friends “. He details: “In Paris, 15 out of 21 swimming pools were closed during the heat wave. In Lyon, the Town Hall opened reservation slots and in front of the swimming pools, waiting files of several hundred people who were waiting under the sun to be able to access them. In Marseille and Montpellier, there has been no widening of the openings of public swimming pools”.
A “grand plan” to adapt Toulouse to ecological challenges
Beyond short-term measures, the opposition also demands long-term actions in the face of global warming. “We must start today a great plan that allows us to adapt our city and its urbanization to ecological issues”, demands Antoine Maurice. The groups Toulouse ecologist, solidarity and citizen and Alternative Municipaliste Citoyenne denounce indeed “climate inaction” of the municipality.
“We are in 2022 and you will still not be using a major reflection on the urban planning of tomorrow when so much is to be done on the protection of islands of freshness, the presence of water in the city, the regulations on air conditioning,” laments Maxime le Texier. The co-president of the AMC group continues: “You artificialize with all your might by hiding behind the sleight of hand called “100,000 trees”, the dozens of trees that disappear each month. »
“We are doing more than has ever been done in this city”
Maxime le Texier also denounces “gadgets that have not proven their effectiveness” such as the algae tree on the Jean-Jaurès alleys or the artificial canopy in Saint-Cyprien. “You criticize us for not doing enough, when we are doing more than ever in this city, to preserve the plant elements and to develop the vegetation of the development projects”, assures Sacha Briand.
He also promises: “The new PLUIH will take into account the necessary changes, will strengthen the actions implemented since 2015, will allow our city to be a city where it is better to live with always more green spaces, always more vegetation urbanization, with the development of soft modes of transport and cycle paths. Canceled last year by the administrative court of Toulouse, it is being developed.
“35°C in classrooms” during the heat wave
During the council, Agathe Roby also asked to “renovate the schools”. “In classrooms, from the morning, it was 35°C in the last few weeks “, she laments. The assistant concedes: “We have an old park, integrated at the time with techniques that did not correspond to these heat waves”. But he underlines: “Since 2015, we have delivered more than 1,250 ventilators to schools and more than 250 during the heat wave”.
Sacha Briand assures that the municipality “is trying to progress”. “When we build schools, we do so taking into account these characteristics both in terms of the buildings and the greening of the courtyards. In one of the last schools to open, notably the Tillion school, the temperatures measured were 25°C during the heat wave, which is hot but much lower than the 30°C at the Niboul school,” he concludes. .