Calls for referendum over Livange stadium
Luxembourg's Green party has lambasted plans for a new national sports stadium, calling for a referendum to let the people decide.
A master plan for the new 10,000-seater stadium and shopping centre in Livange was unveiled on Monday.
While, it may bring benefits to the area, including the creation of 1,500 jobs, the Déi Greng party have called the project unsustainable, saying it will only benefit the area to the detriment of other regions.
The political group's main concerns centre on mobility to the site. Located in Livange in the commune of Roeser, sports minister Romain Schneider has announced plans to improve bus and rail links to the proposed location.
The Green Party, however, believes that will not prevent motorists from making the journey by car, particularly if plans to expand the A3 come to fruition.
This, it said, could generate up to 4,200 additional car journeys, adding to pollution and congestion and requiring a raft of new traffic calming measures.
“This shopping centre is proposed for a green field site and is conceptually designed to be accessed by individuals using private forms of transport,” said the Green Party in a statement signed by Bettembourg councillor Josée Lorsch and Guy Conrady representing Roeser.
“It is an illusion, commuters on the bus or train would make a stopover on their way home to shop or the customers would travel by train to Livange and carry the purchased goods in baskets home.
“Only when people use the football stadium is the public transport point relevant, but it is limited to 25 events throughout the year!”
The political group makes a second point that the shopping centre could deprive other areas of much-needed income. It said: “The promised new jobs in this place will be lost in other places. The already fragile business environment of the surrounding communities will undoubtedly suffer from a new shopping center.”
It goes on to claim that the mast plan puts “short-sighted” investor interests ahead of normal planning rules and procedures and has supported calls for a local referendum to allow the community to decide.