Success or failure? The petition for the abandonment of the A69 Toulouse – Castres motorway project is on the verge of crossing the threshold of 40,000 signatures, on the National Assembly website. As a result, the office of the Territorial Planning and Sustainable Development committee must meet this Tuesday, November 21 to take action, or not, on this petition, as committed to by its president, the deputy Jean-Marc Zulesi (Renaissance), in the columns of The gallery a few days ago.
However, he was very clear about his intentions. “ The debate cannot be held over several days and there will be no hearings. This is not a parliamentary fact-finding mission or a commission of inquiry. There will be a political debate, within the framework of the political groups present within this committee », he warned in our columns, Thursday November 16. A position which is far from having satisfied the opponents of this motorway project which should save around twenty minutes of travel time between the two cities.
“We cannot be satisfied with a debate confined to this committee alone, in which everyone remains in political positions. The voice of scientists, experts and local stakeholders must be heard,” responded the “La Voie est Libre” collective opposed to this A69 motorway project in an open letter.
For him, the conclusion of this popular momentum must be quite different. “ We ask the members of the commission to decide on an information mission on the relevance and viability of this project taking into account all these subjects. “. With the report thereof, the association proposes the organization “ of a popular consultation » on the future of this A69 motorway project between Toulouse and Castres.
Surveys that call attention to
To make such a request, the opponents of this motorway project are based on an opinion study commissioned by them from Ifop and the Agir pour l’environnement association, a few days before the major mobilization of October 21 in Saix (Tarn).
The opinion institute estimates that 61% of respondents were at this time in favor of abandoning the motorway project and 82% of holding a local referendum on the subject. Figures obtained thanks to a survey carried out among 615 people, residents of the departments of Haute-Garonne and Tarn, territories concerned by the project.
Furthermore, Atosca, the concessionaire responsible for the construction and future operation of the A69, responded with its own survey commissioned from OpinionWay: 53% of respondents appear favorable to the project, with only a significant difference. To arrive at this figure, the institute questioned 1,025 people from all over France and not just from the geographical areas crossed by the route of the future A69.
A new event in December
Opposition to this project is mainly fueled by the environmental impact of this motorway project planned in Occitanie. According to concessionaire Atosca, which has NGE as a shareholder, the total area of the A69 will be 340 hectares and around a hundred hectares will be truly artificialized. A few months ago, work began. “A total shutdown of the project would be unrealistic,” Martial Gerlinger, the general director of Atosca, recently told La Tribune.
“The concessionaire claims to have incurred 40% of the cost, but in reality this amount largely concerns preliminary studies. Barely 15% of the work has started. There is still time to stop everything,” said the La Voie est Libre collective in its open letter to MP Zulesi.
After mobilizing 8,000 people last April, then nearly 10,000 in October, several associations came together to prepare a new day of large-scale mobilization, on Saturday December 9, a “ Demonstration against the world of concrete “. The location has not yet been communicated by the organizers.