280 children from Den Ham beg, ‘Our garden must remain,’ but disappointment and hope follow Almelo

VRIEZENVEEN – Of course they weren’t there, because most of the kids at De Smithoek Primary School were of course bedtime when the city council looked into their play area. Yet they were heard through a large pamphlet. It read in chocolate letters: “Our grass must survive.” But after a disappointing message, hope also followed on Tuesday evening for the 280 primary school pupils.

Let’s start with the bad news for the kids in Dunham: the Dee Smithock apartment complex seems to have gotten there. As it appears now, a majority of City Council members will approve an amendment to the zoning plan in February, which will make this possible. Then the 280 kids at De Smithoek will have lost their most intense playing field and will be stuck in a very small schoolyard. But at the same time, the possibility of creating an entirely new space was shown.


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Even with the young children we heard today: promise is made.

Teacher Dee Smithock

Alderman Roel Koster indicated that he had made an appointment with De Smithoek manager to look for a replacement. In addition, there will be a proposal from Gemeentebelangen Twenterand to reform the entire area for the arrival of a green field. “Because there are a lot of tiles,” noted foreman Marcus Elzinga.

School was a little different

This followed a speech by two teachers from De Smithoek, who once again emphasized that the schoolyard is too small. There is an “urgent need” for a putting green, where, among other things, many primary school football fans can enjoy themselves. They had already promised this two years ago, with the plans for Gill Park to arrive. This is confirmed again by former alderman Martha Van Abema, who is currently an advisor on behalf of ChristenUnie.

In keeping with this, the two teachers once again held up a mirror for the officials of Twenterand. It seemed that “we work every day on the social and emotional development of children.” “Even with young children we have already heard today: the promise is promised. We want our children to grow up to be kind, skilled and generous people, who look for win-win situations, who create synergy. In this regard, it is up to the municipality to set a good example.”

Everything is new to the mayor

But for a Roel Coaster alderman, this was all new until his publication in this newspaper. “As an alderman, this never caught my attention,” Koster said. I read it in the newspaper. I read in the paper that promise after promise had been broken. I didn’t promise anyone anything. Nor a selfie. Nothing is black and white. Maybe come back a few lectures. But you can’t break a promise you don’t keep.” He made a promise: On February 9, he’ll talk to manager De Smithoek about an alternative performance space.

The entire area has been renovated into a putting green

Municipal interests in Twenterand also seem to reflect the prevailing trend in the city council, the majority of which for a long time seemed inclined to vote against him on 7 February. This party comes up with a proposal for what is called an all-nature playground. The entire area around the school must then be repaired.

“I went to the opening of the school ten years ago, and I thought there were already a lot of tiles,” said foreman Marcos Elzinga. ,, There was an original request for a thirteen by eight meter football cage. This can also be done in the foreground. The room for maneuver was already tight ten years ago. This is why we come up with a proposal in which the school district and surrounding areas are redesigned. Safe and child friendly, with a comprehensive nature playground. Because there’s incredibly little green here.”

Brinkstede residents were left empty-handed

While there appeared to be potential for De Smithoek Elementary, residents of the De Brinkstede apartment complex received a disappointing message.

If it were up to a Roel Coaster alderman, the building of the apartment block, directly opposite De Brinkstede, would continue in its current three-storey form. De Brinkstede’s Owners’ Association (VVE) strongly protested this, as all other buildings are deliberately two storeys high. But Koster is banking on her urban planner’s advice that the three floors are “workable” here.

And according to Koster, the whole process also went smoothly. It indicates that the project developer has communicated with all concerned via messages. I won’t talk about that again. The initiator sent over 100 messages and requested responses. Nine responses followed, about eight percent. All procedures were followed in accordance with the law. In the end I have two complainants. Something has been done about it. Provision is made for light fall from moving vehicles. And that’s it.” Koster noted that the city council on February 7 could still thwart the plan. “Recommended.”

But it is questionable whether De Brinkstede’s VVE would leave it at that. Attorney Gerben Clarin, who spoke on behalf of VVE, may take the step to the Administrative Tribunal. According to Clarin, who specializes in environmental law, urban planning is incorrect for a building higher than two stories. „Although I think The Hague is a beautiful city, I do not wish to go to the Council of State. “I’d rather go to the table,” Clarin said. But this conversation did not come to pass, it turned out a little later.

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