Coalition agreement signed
(vb/CS) Leading parties DP and déi Gréng signed a coalition agreement in the capital on Wednesday, with sights set on the "Ban de Gasperich" and affordable housing.
The blue-green coalition under Xavier Bettel intends to keep its main political goals, relying on continuity, as the college of aldermen also remains largely unchanged. Newcomer Colette Mart (DP) will take over education and equal opportunities.
Projects of previous years will be carried on. Especially in the area of construction the capital will see significant changes. Work on the new Royal-Hamilius centre will begin soon. The Ban de Gasperich presents another large-scale building project. Other plans include converting the Place de la Constitution surrounding the Gëlle Fra into a pedestrian area only, with the Knuedler car park seeing extension in return.
Renting to buy
One of the main concerns of the new mayor Xavier Bettel is to invest in housing, not just for the socially disadvantaged but also for middle class households that are having an increasingly difficult time finding suitable accommodation.
Bettel intends to expand the “Location-Vente” model by which buyers rent their property for a period of ten years. The payments will then be counted towards the purchase price.
Additionally, the stock of social housing is meant to be used more efficiently.
Childcare, personnel and public transport
Other plans include a 24-hour crèche to ease childcare for parents in shift-work and single parents.
Furthermore, François Bausch, responsible for finance and mobility, intends to keep administrative costs low through a careful staffing policy.
Bausch also sees a challenge in public transport, especially with new commercial centres such as the Ban de Gasperich, where measures need to be taken for workers to be able to commute without their car.
The new college of aldermen will take their oath on November 24 at the ministry of the interior.