During the information meeting about the stadium project last Tuesday, local residents of the Bevegem district expressed their dissatisfaction with the arrival of Bowling Stones. A group of local residents has indicated that they will use all means to challenge the environmental permit.
“After the permit for the stadium project 2 weeks ago, the aldermen wanted to provide an answer to the more than 450 objections against the plans for the renewal of the sports site at the Bevegem stadium. Until then, the ships had dismissed those 450 objections as an orchestrated story by a limited group of residents.” people tell the story of the meeting from Liveable Bevegem. “When more than 80 local residents showed up, the ships had to conjure up 40 extra chairs and information bundles in a hurry. The local residents loudly voiced their arguments in a substantively well-founded manner. That was sometimes intense and emotional.”
“It soon became clear that the local residents are very supportive of the renewal of the site for local clubs, but do not consider the arrival of Bowling Stones and the arcade with an unknown use in Bevegem absolutely inappropriate. A residential area such as Bevegem is unsuitable as a location. The arrival of 20 bowling alleys, a restaurant, 250m² outdoor terrace and a 1000m² arcade do not belong in a residential area, but in an industrial zone like other large bowling sites. The local residents argue their resistance: hardly any attention to it mobility and safety of children, pedestrians and cyclists, the livability is further compromised by the expected arrival and departure traffic, by nightly opening hours and by noise nuisance, more fine dust by even more car traffic creates an unhealthy environment for our children and impact on it milieu: extra pavement, influence on water management and the felling of trees.”
“Bevegem is already under pressure from countless parties, festivals, dinner parties and other events. In addition, there are four schools, a regional hospital and an important train station in the area. The ships dismissed the concerns of the local residents as pure NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) and indicated several times that the economic interests of Bowling Stones take precedence over a liveable living environment for the Zottegemnaar. The hand was extended to the ships several times. Remove Bowling Stones from the project and redesign the site with the rest of the partners. View the entire project on a smaller scale, centralize and integrate it in a clearly developed mobility vision. The residents are disappointed that the city council continues to defend the project with bowling. And this at the expense of the local clubs who are delayed in the construction of their infrastructure. A group of local residents is determined to use all the resources available in the environmental permit procedure to challenge the permit.”