March 16, 22:42 – 3 minutes reading time
The current Bleekerseiland, with windmill De Vlijt in the background © RTV Drenthe/ Stefan Klomp
The municipal council of Meppel agrees with a new destination for the Bleekerseiland . The area in the center of Meppel will become a city park with a city lodging of thirteen rooms.
“The rotten tooth must provide a smile again,” says Pierre van Leeuwen on behalf of Sterk Meppel, the largest party in Meppel. Because a rotten tooth, that’s it at this minute.
It is there grey. Even when the sun shines. There are some trees on the edge of the peninsula, but that’s about the only color that can be seen.
” My sister van 14 says there is nothing left to do in Meppel,” says 20-year-old Raat. Her younger sister likes the strategy. “Chill out, have a picnic or take a dip in the canal. For pass away groups, this is a really wonderful addition to Meppel. It will become Meppel’s eye-catcher.”
The municipality is investing one and a half million euros in Bleekerseiland to pimp it up. This is intended to turn the site into a public park. The renovation of the monumental buildings and city lodgings is for the account of a foundation that owns the buildings. The municipality has no financial worries about that.
In 2009, the municipality bought the land on Bleekerseiland. “That was for a hefty price,” says Egbert Knorren (CDA). A few years ago, the municipality came up with a strategy. It wants to give Bleekerseiland back to the community as a gift. That gift will be chilling out at a new park.
Party chairman Eduard Annen van Sterk Meppel is therefore very pleased afterwards. “Very nice that we can do this like this.” It probably plays a role in the fact that pass away 1.5 million euros was already made available by the city council a few years ago.
Work is likely to start around the end of the year or in the first half of next year.
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