City breakfast: Luxembourg City mayor Xavier Bettel has said that the Rives de Clausen will retain its late night licence, for now. He also urged revellers to only let off fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
At his first monthly city breakfast for journalists since being inaugurated as mayor, Xavier Bettel (left) revealed that a problem with bar and restaurant owners at the Rives de Clausen had been resolved. The owners had apparently had a dispute with the providers of its private shuttle service – not the city’s Night Bus – and had considered withdrawing the mini-bus service between the Glacis and the entertainment complex. Bettel write a stern letter to the owners saying that if the shuttle ceased to operate, he would be forced to withdraw the nuit blanche licences that allow them to open until 3 a.m. The dispute has now been resolved and the late licences will continue.
Meanwhile, Bettel also appealed to residents of the city to not set off fireworks in the street or from their gardens during the festive period other than on New Year’s Eve. It is actually illegal to set off private fireworks in the Grand Duchy, but an exception is made on 31 December.
The mayor also revealed that he wants the new Fixerstuff – needle exchange and drug drop-in centre – to be operational as soon as possible. New provisional containers will open in January while plans to build a permanent Fixerstuff on a site near the Paul Wurth buildings are being fast-tracked – the reclassification of the building site will be processed in the next few months, says Bettel.
Deputy mayor François Bausch (right) used the city breakfast to explain that the city’s bus service would be purchasing 17 new Mercedes articulated buses which meet EU standards on emissions and also procuring five new Volvo hybrid buses for a test phase.