By Lucas Farcy
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They are horrified, but not resigned, protesters who have gathered EU (Seine Maritime)Saturday 19 November 2022, at the entrance to Petit-Caux green path.
Dismayed because they do not understand the will of the Community of Municipalities of Sister Cities (CCVS) to pave 7 km of the Petit-Caux green path, between the town of Eu and the village of Heudelimont, in Saint-Rémy-Boscrocourt, which would lead in particular to felling of a thousand trees.
Not resigned, because for the opponents this project is an ecological and economic nonsense and that there are alternative solutions to its paving.
“We need strong action”
The demonstrators especially want to alert as many residents as possible about this project, which for them is still poorly known: “To overturn the project, strong action is needed” sums up a demonstrator present, approved by part of the assembly.
“Today we have to demonstrate on the road, next to the trees and that is very good, but we should be seen by more people” continues another opponent. “If we just do it, it won’t work.”
Several actions were proposed in the assembly: demonstrate at the time of a community council, to alert the elected representatives of the CCVS; parade through the streets of Eu to be seen by all; taking over Christmas markets to inform visitors; spread their message on social networks…
If the CCVS plans to build a paved path on this wooded route, it is in the name of mobility: a road will facilitate the circulation of bicycles and disabled people who want to use the path. But for opponents, this perspective is incoherent, as the path serves only very few homes, so few residents would take it to go to work in the city of Eu. Conversely, the majority of current users go this way for its bucolic side.
“We are fighting this battle for our children and grandchildren,” says Christian Duchaussoy from the trail protection committee, which has proposed alternative solutions to the community: “The problem is not developing the trail, it’s tarring it”.
Among the opponents were children, including Louka, Louise and Léonie, residents of Eu, who often exercise or play sports on the path: “It is important that this road remains like this for biodiversity. We often go for walks here, we have even built a hut recently, and if the trees are cut down, there won’t be any more cabins,” they explain. “I often come here to run, and I much prefer running on such land to the country road,” adds Louise.
After talking and discussing with the protesters, the group marched along the green path for a few hundred meters. Possibility to see a large number of trees marked with a red dot – sick, for some of them – which means that their felling is planned. “We must act quickly, because if the trees are marked, they will probably be cut down very quickly,” laments one protester.
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