The newly sworn in municipal council in Emmen wants to focus on increasing civic participation, fighting poverty and improving accessibility in the city.
By Jelte Stol / Translation by Traci White
Emmen will continue to be governed by a coalition of the same three parties: Wakker Emmen, the Labour Party (PvdA) and the Christian Democrats (CDA). The coalition presented their formal platform on Thursday.
Emmen.nu reports that one important theme in the coalition’s plans is poverty reduction. According to newly appointed alderperson Raymond Wanders of the PvdA, illiteracy and unemployment have to be addressed rather than simply treating the symptoms of poverty.
Improving Emmen’s accessibility is also a priority. The new council wants to tackle persistent traffic problems at the Boermakeweg and is considering redevelopment plans for the area surrounding the train station. The parties also want to expand the N362 between Emmen and Klazienaveen.
Wakker Emmen, the PvdA and the CDA members also intend to increase civic engagement among the citizens of Emmen: residents of the city should have more of a deciding role about the future of the area in order to improve liveability.
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