23 April, 2014

Numerous and difficult issues await to be tackled by the new board of Angers Loire Métropole

Des sujets difficiles et nombreux attendent d'être traités par le le nouveau conseil d'Angers Loire Métropole.- Le nouveau conseil communautaire d'Angers Loire Métropole qui doit se réunir le 24 avril dans sa nouvelle composition devra élire son président lequel sera, vraisemblablement, le récent maire d'Angers, Christophe Béchu. Celui-ci pourrait avoir assez rapidement à prendre à bras le corps un certain nombre de sujets dont plusieurs ont différencié les candidats lors de la dernière campagne électorale. Le plus récent est l'avenir du projet de seconde ligne de tramway. Mais d'autres sont tout aussi importants : le site industriel Technicolor, le marché immobilier, l'aéroport et, last but no least, les finances.

The board of Angers Loire Métropole, gathering all the mayors of towns and villages members of that
authority, is due to elect a new president after the end of the term of Jean-Claude Antonini. Christophe Béchu, new Angers mayor, the most likely successor of Mr. Antonini, will have to tackle now several important issues which were at the centre of the last electoral campaign. The most recent one is the project of a second tramway line which, according to Marc Goua, Trélazé mayor, former deputy president of Angers Loire Métropole and himself member of parliament, could be jeopardized because of the disappearance of public allocations from the French state.

But other topics could focus the debate of the Alm board and even keep its attention in the months to come. One of those is the situation of the real estate market. During his electoral campaign, the Angers mayor stressed that too new appartments were planned, or in course of construction, or already for sale in town and around. Their number could sum up to more than 4,000. So measures could be implemented by the new Angers city council in order to reach a balance between offer and demand. Another topic is the future of the former Angers Technicolor site, now property of Angers Loire Métropole which was looking for some opportunities to re-industrialize the place. The manufacture of the "intelligent meters" for Electricité de France was mentioned by the former Angers mayor, Frédéric Béatse, but, until now, nothing has been realized.

The future of the Angers Marcé airport could also to be discussed. The facility is running with some
irregularity and seasonal flights towards a handful destinations are its main activity. Last but no least, the financial situation of Angers Loire Métropole will be one of the issues of the inaugural session of Alm (an audit is planned). The new Angers mayor never concealed his will to work with a reduced number of structures in the fields of economy, tourism or layouts. The potential savings with such a policy could lead to some organisational adjustments in the months to come, maybe in partnership with the Maine-et-Loire Conseil général.

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