The province of Groningen is “optimistic” about a proposal from economic minister Eric Wiebes to move forward with structurally reinforcing homes in induced earthquake-prone areas.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant writes that it is not yet clear exactly how many homes will undergo repairs and reinforcement, but a figure of around 1,500 structures has been cited as being a priority in recent months.
Minister Wiebes spoke with Appingedam mayor Anno Wietze Hiemstra and King’s Commissioner René Paas during a visit to the provincial government building in Groningen on Thursday. According to Wiebes, the green light has been given to move ahead with making the most at risk homes safer, but it will ultimately be up to safety experts to identify which structures are highest priority.
Paas and Hiemstra expressed relief about Wiebes’ plans. “I’m optimistic and feeling positive about what has been discussed, and I’m satisfied with today’s results”, Hiemstra said. Paas said, “Now that there’s actually some progress in sight, we’re very relieved. So many residents have been living in uncertainty and are feeling frustrated, so it’s reassuring that contractors should be able to get to work within a few weeks.”
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the plans should be finalised in a matter of weeks, and the residents whose properties will undergo repairs will receive letters to inform them of what to expect in the near future.