Next week, the Hoogeveen city council will have an emergency debate about the purchase of three retail units in the Tamboerpassage. The opposition parties are amazed at how B&W makes that purchase at a time when the municipality has no money.
Developments around the Drum Passage have been on the political agenda for some time. The municipality of Hoogeveen would like to see the shopkeepers there, as well as those in a few other streets in the center, move to the core shopping area on the Hoofdstraat. Vacancy is still increasing there. A relocation allowance is available at the town hall, but this has insufficient effect.
One of the owners of retail units in the Tamboerpassage is the Brabant real estate trader Poiron. At the end of last year, he announced a plan to build two residential towers to replace the retail properties. The plan is attractive for retailers because they stand out better financially than with the municipality’s relocation scheme.
But for the time being, Hoogeveen is not cooperating with Poiron’s plans and the municipality could now create a second blockade with the purchase of the three retail units. The deed of purchase is recorded at the notary on 2 June. The Homeowners Association feels robbed and the same applies to real estate trader Poiron.
Opposition parties from left to right on the council are embarrassed that they were only informed when concerned councilor Eric Giethoorn (CDA) of the Dagblad van het Noorden received questions about the purchase. Giethoorn writes to the council that the purchase decision fell in B&W when no spending freeze was announced this spring.
As far as the opposition is concerned, Giethoorn’s reasoning is not valid, because the municipality has known for more than a year that it has to make significant cuts. The opposition parties now want to know the seams and demand clarification in a debate. It is still unclear whether this debate will be held with a video link, or only with the group spokespersons in the council chamber.