In Hésingue, the regionals are threatened due to a conflict between the mayor and the prefect

Aerial view of the town of Hésingue, in November 2006.

POLITICS – The mayor of the town of Hésingue, in the Haut-Rhin, wants to voice his dissatisfaction with the travelers. Even if it means threatening not to organize the next departmental and regional elections in his town.

This Friday, June 11, Gaston Latscha, LR mayor of the town, put on the agenda of the next municipal council of June 14 a vote to refuse to organize the next election, reports France 3 Grand Est. A decision supposed to make the prefecture react, which according to him “does not take us seriously” on this issue which is close to his heart.

The mayor describes a recurring phenomenon: “every year, he affirms, there is an illegal occupation” by travelers in several municipalities of the agglomeration, including his own, despite the presence of designated areas. the reception of non-sedentary people. This year, it is the occupation of an area “where companies are setting up” that particularly urges him to take action.

The elected LR first evokes different types of degradation as well as the “health” and “security” risk with for example “trucks (…) which pass right next to the caravans, right next to the children who play. ” He also denounces an “aggressiveness” and “threats” on the spot when the members of his municipal team intervened.

“The state does not follow”

Still, Gaston Latscha defends himself for “condemning these people on the trip”. But he calls on the state to be “vigilant” in compliance with the law and therefore calls for the intervention of the higher level, namely the prefecture of Haut-Rhin.

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However, and this is the heart of the problem and the reason why it threatens to prevent the holding of elections, “the state does not follow” according to the city councilor. “We are told that we are doing what is possible, the prefect takes his orders, but there are deadlines, sometimes incompressible. We have to wait two, three, four weeks, ”he complains to France 3.“ They don’t take us seriously. And the population does not understand this situation, which is allowed to happen. There is a fed up. ”

His shocking announcement about the elections was therefore partly intended to draw attention to his problem and force the authorities to react. After a first article published in The Latest News from Alsace Thursday, he explains having been contacted by the prefecture in the evening, without having obtained full satisfaction.

“I was told that what had to be done was committed, so I said: ‘wait and see’ … I have my municipal council on Monday, and I will make the decision to go until tip if necessary, ”he says.

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