Toulouse: a new municipal charter deemed binding and restrictive
With a restriction of material aid and new limitations on the occupation of public space, the associations fear a devitalization of the districts.
Let it be said, barriers, tables, chairs and other podiums are now counted for Toulouse associations wishing to organize festivities in their neighborhood. Depending on whether it’s meals between neighbours, fairs or garage sales. For the municipality of Toulouse, attached to “a harmonious and equitable sharing of public space”, the new charter for events, which will come into force next January, “should allow the greatest number of organizers to benefit from the support services provided by the community”. But the pill is hard to swallow for associations. In a 9-page document, the charter lists a whole host of recommendations and obligations, in particular that of systematically highlighting the logo of the town hall as a “major partner”. Among other new features, the loan of equipment will now be made according to available stocks and the community will no longer have to use localization to support the organizers.
A curfew at 11 p.m.
For all musical events, the schedules set limit the broadcast of amplified music to 11 p.m. from Sunday to Friday, and to midnight on Saturdays. The charter also specifies that “the noises generated cannot by their duration, their repetition or their intensity, affect the tranquility or the health of the neighborhood”… And beware of wild posting, it will cost 12 € per poster and the offense report will be sent to the public prosecutor! Furthermore, any event is subject to authorization after a declaration must be made 6 weeks to 4 months before the event depending on its nature. Even the Place du Capitole is impacted by the new municipal provisions on the occupation of public space. It will not be able to host more than 50 days of events per year, i.e. 25 weekends. Places are going to be expensive…
1800 events per year in Toulouse
Between cultural, sporting, festive, institutional, commercial or tourist events, the city of Toulouse supports 1,800 events a year, by providing logistics, barriers, sound stages, etc. Professional equipment which was more often rented to private individuals and which had therefore a cost that the municipality wants to reduce. By deleting the locations!