The informant receives a clear assignment; tackling the housing and climate crisis and inequality essential

Informant Mattias Gijsbertsen received a clear assignment from the parties that will be on the council on Wednesday evening.

An interpretation debate took place in a room of the Provincial House on Wednesday evening. The party leaders and party leaders were given the opportunity to interpret the results of the municipal elections and also to indicate which subjects they consider important. That included congratulations. GroenLinks was congratulated because they remained the largest party, the Party for the Animals and Student & City for making significant gains and the Party for the North for winning two seats on the council.

Inge Jongman (ChristenUnie): “Accent shift”
Amrut Sijbolts of Stadspartij 100% for Groningen called the result a political landslide in which local parties managed to win nine seats together. Inge Jongman of the ChristenUnie describes the result as a shift in emphasis. “The green sound in this result has been amplified, other parties have remained the same size or have become slightly smaller. However, the current College has lost its majority.” Jalt de Haan of the CDA was the most optimistic of the parties that got stuck on the same number of seats: “There have been no major shifts. And as a party we are satisfied. In the polls we would halve. But if you still remain stable, then you can be satisfied.”

Low turnout rate
There is, however, a problem in Groningen. All parties cited the low turnout figure. “We are happy that 54% of the people went to the polls, but 46% did not go,” said Ietje Jacobs-Setz of the VVD. According to the SP, the biggest problem lies in the western, northern and eastern city districts. “The number of people voting in these neighborhoods is three times lower than in the southern neighborhoods. How it comes? Distrust in politics. People in these neighborhoods say to me, nothing will change. Politicians don’t listen to me. That really hurts me.”

Mirjam Wijnja (GroenLinks): “Making turnout figures an important spearhead”
The parties also agree that something must be done about this. Several parties are calling for an investigation. The SP thinks it can already draw conclusions: “I think an investigation is fine, but you can already determine what the cause is? Residents who are chased out of their homes because houses are being demolished and then camped somewhere for three years between hope and fear. That’s what you come across in these neighborhoods. You don’t see that in the southern districts, where no villas are demolished.” Dennis Ram of the PVV: “Can’t we, as a council, choose a street where there is almost no vote, and start the conversation there why people don’t vote?” Mirjam Wijnja of GroenLinks: “As far as I’m concerned, we will be conducting research in the coming years and we should make this an important spearhead. What can we do and what should we do about it?”

Party for the Animals does not rule out a place in City Council
Informant Gijsbertsen will enter into discussions with the parties in the coming period. All parties want to take their responsibility and see a place in the City Council. The Party for the Animals also: “We are open to a place on the board. What we stand for is also clear. We want a fundamental rethinking for humans and animals. And that is really necessary. You also read the messages. At the North Pole, where it has been 30 degrees warmer than normal in recent days, and in Antarctica even 40 degrees warmer. We are dealing with big problems. The bird flu that has become endemic and granaries that are on fire. The starting point is the fossil solution whereby old reflexes reappear. There is a lot of work to do. Our priorities are the things we stand for, such as climate biodiversity, climate, nature and animal welfare. In addition, attention is needed for the low turnout, poverty reduction and the undermining crime that we do not want to give a chance.”

Green red-ash
The Labor Party would like to see a continuation of a green-red engine block: “That’s how it was described four years ago by the informateur at the time, although I prefer to speak of a green-red axle myself. As far as I’m concerned, we’ll continue on the same footing. What is essential for us is that a Groningen is created for everyone, whereby we achieve the approach to the dichotomy, in which we are a frontrunner in energy and society and where no one is left behind: in order to be able to go green, someone does not have to be red. . In addition, inequality of opportunity and the housing market are crucial topics.”

Student & City is open to collaboration
Student & City also likes a position in the City Council: “The voter wants green, social, progressive and young”, says Steven Bosch of the party. “Next week when the council is installed, we will have more women than ever and we will also have the youngest city council in the country. It is also clear that parties that are constructive are rewarded by the voter. The constructive and connecting story fits very well with Student & City. We believe that the climate and housing crisis is important, but that attention is also paid to the poor mental health of people. That takes action and courage. We are open to a collaboration to prepare Groningen for the future.”

Leendert van der Laan (PvhN): “Also looking at the region”
The Party for the North is a new party on the council: “There are many problems to tackle. The gas file, the reclassification that still haunts Haren, housing, the poverty issue. But there is more than just Groningen. We also need to look at the region around us. To fast connections with Germany, the Randstad and Twente. The Lely Line, the Wunder Line, the Lower Saxony Line. Northern cooperation with Drenthe and Fryslân must improve. At the same time, we must ensure that residents have to participate. That costs a lot of time. We should not lock ourselves in the new City Hall, we should work together where we can.”

Assignment to informant
The assignment to the informant is therefore clear: “I am very happy that a lot of the same things have been said”, Mirjam Wijnja said at the end of the evening. “The assignment also states that attention must be paid to municipal tasks related to climate, the housing crisis, dichotomy, inequality and village and district-oriented work. In addition, we add an extra assignment. That is how we can give residents a place in the formation process. That is not an easy task. That is why I would like to ask you, all parties, to think about how we can give substance to this.”

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