The location of part of Buurtweg 39 remains a bone of contention in Horebeke. After provincial governor Carina Van Cauter had already pointed out to mayor Cynthia Browaeys (Public Interests) that she was obliged to deal with a petition about the location of Buurtweg 39 at the city council, the governor now also annulled the city council decision on that petition on June 10, 2022. Local residents Florian Vande Walle and Sara Pauwels speak of great amateurism.
Initially, the chairman of the city council, Cynthia Browaeys, refused for months to discuss the petition, which asks to maintain the current, actual location of the road, at the city council. However, she is legally obliged to do so. After the petition was finally brought to the city council, through a first intervention by the governor, the petitioners were forced to turn to provincial governor Carina Van Cauter a second time. She again agreed with them and overturned the city council’s decision for multiple violations of the regulations.
Provincial governor Carina Van Cauter first established that the appointment of the surveyor – on the basis of whose measurements the government is now requiring local residents to cut down trees and move fences – was not proceeding correctly. The municipal council also repeatedly flouted the local government decree, which determines the functioning of the municipalities. Finally, the municipal council also went beyond its scope by exceeding its powers. “The decree dictates what can and cannot be done and the law applies to everyone. Also for popular interests”, explains Florian Vande Walle. “How many years of management experience do you have in this municipal council? I wouldn’t be wrong if I say it’s 50 years or more. Well, I’m amazed at so much amateurism.”
“I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the governor criticizes Volksbelangen’s disdain for a democratic body like the city council,” said Florian Vande Walle. “But what I find even worse is that for one petition, two citizens have already had to address the governor twice to have their rights respected by the municipality. And rightly so, because twice the governor has also declared the complaint of these citizens well-founded and labeled the administrative actions of this municipal council as manifestly wrong and incorrect.”
The City Council will have to vote again on the petition at the September City Council. “We hope that this file will finally be handled correctly, where it is not the case that because some person has a long arm and has a personal connection with someone from the college, they receive preferential treatment,” Florian Vande Walle concludes. . “I think the provincial governor also wants to raise the bar for this municipal council. Because how much loss of face does this board – but also each of them as an individual – want to suffer in the further handling of this file, and why?”
Reaction from mayor Cynthia Browaeys: “It was an introduction to the city council last Monday. This item will be discussed at the September city council.”