Déi Gréng (the Green party) has presented its election manifesto in the capital for the upcoming local elections on 8 October.
The priorities are housing, child care and the environment.
Here are a few of the points of the manifesto, published on 11 September:
“Through green-belt projects and new parks, we create recreational areas and enhance urban nature. We shall not extend the building perimeter.
We will launch an investment programme designed to assist low-income households with making energy efficiency home improvements.”
Culture and sports is important
“The programme of the Municipal Conservatory will be further diversified in the direction of pop, rock and blues and early musical education. Music groups will be offered more rehearsal rooms. The city needs an athletics stadium. Moreover, we will also build an outdoor swimming pool on city premises, together with a large adventure playground, various sporting equipment and a cosy bistro.”
“We will foster close cooperation between the Foyer scolaire and schools. In the Quartier Gare station district, we will set up an all-day school and extend the concept to other city districts. In the direct vicinity of schools and childcare facilities, we favour setting up “shared spaces” and footpaths and cycle paths.
Déi gréng will extend the wide range of urban leisure, holiday, sports and cultural activities and install a graffiti and climbing wall.
Déi gréng will establish alternative housing projects where students and young adults can live in shared accommodation.
We shall place particular importance on adopting a strategy to tackle youth unemployment by extending the Léierplazen tutoring project.”
“We will engage more streetworkers and see to it that they are able to respond more effectively in critical situations. We will prioritise persons living in emergency accommodation when allocating social housing in order to free up places for people in acute emergency situations.
We will ensure there is good lighting on public roads and paths, clear signposting, safe footpaths and places to sit down.”
“All public transport services will be covered by a single mobility card, which is more convenient for customers.
We are in favour of shorter waiting times at traffic lights and the laying of wider pavements. 30 km/h zones should increasingly become the norm. In the vicinity of schools, we will designate more meeting zones/shared-space zones where the speed limit for motorised traffic will be limited to 20 km/h.
Parking spaces in the city centre will be mainly relocated to underground parking garages.
We will work to ensure that the ban on night flights at Luxembourg Airport is not relaxed.
In order to improve air quality and lower noise pollution, we are endeavouring to reduce motorised private transport. We will designate more 30 km/h zones and shared-space areas.
We will expand the pedestrian zones around the main railway station and in the upper city. This will create attractive, traffic-calmed streets, benefiting both retail and gastronomic outlets. In the upper city, this means incorporating the Rue du Fossé, the Rue des Bains and the Place de la Constitution.
The Avenue de la Gare will only be open to buses and cyclists.
Déi Gréng think of creating a covered market, offering small-scale retailers in particular the chance to offer their merchandise on a continuous basis. One possible venue for this covered market would be the theatre square.”
Administration and other issues
“The opening times of the citizens’ centre will be extended to include Saturday mornings and an extended weekday.
We will establish a forest cemetery for household pets.
We will create infrastructure and a range of options that are able to guarantee that secular ceremonies such as wedding celebrations, christenings and funerals are held in an attractive and dignified manner.
We shall allow these ceremonies to be held on Saturdays and Sundays as well.”