Invest in new sports accommodations and increase the capacity
The policy plan from the municipalityconcerning sports is hopelessly outdated. We think a rework is due soon. Thegoals of the municipality can finally become realistic and the financial means could be distributed more equally. This goes along with a redistribution of financial means is. The current sport accomocations have capacity problems and are outdated. More spade needs to be given to different fields and this should be done in the most efficient way possible. Using the sports accommodations for a commercial purpose should also be possible.
Connect Wageningen believes sports play a crucial role in maintaining a high level of health and wellbeing. Unfortunatly, the policy plan from the municipality dates back to 2012 and is therefore hopelessly outdated. The three ambitions: Inclusive sporting climate, stimulating the youth to exercise, and the creation of a sustainable and functional sports infrastructure are all still very relevant. Due to mistakes in the beginning of the enactment of the policy the municipality does not want to and is unable to measure the success in realizing these goals.
About 1,5 million euros goes to sports from the total 90 million Euros, which equals to 1,3%.
Commissioner for research into participation for the regional energytransition
Everyone is in favor of using the university’s knowledge. However, no one is critical on how the municipality uses this in the real world. By being the client for investigation ourselves we learned from this, and we can use this knowledge to let the municipality be a client more often. In this case we asked 2 teams of master students to conduct research on the participation of youth at the regional energy strategy. We concluded that the municipality made mistakes here. There are good ways to improve this, see the flyers below.
The municipality should be there for all athletes
Some parties want the outskirts of the city to turn dark again. This is a very good idea concerning nature, but it is to extreme. To ensure safety of traffic and athletes, important roads should remain lighted.
All inhabitants can exercise
The municipality focusses on tackling obesity of the younger generations in Wageningen. We have insisted the focus to be on all age groups with obesity. So not only the young inhabitants, but everyone that poses a danger.
To protect against flooding hazards, themunicipality needed to carry out changes to the Grebbedijk. This was a giganticproject together with Rijkswaterstaat. There were also a lot of chances for athletes. We insisted on taking the athletes into account with this project, by creating a rowing channel for example. We also protected the sand beaches at the banks of the river, instead of giving these regions back to nature. We chose for water recreation.
Speed on the water
We have worked on a lowering of the speedlimit on the water. Because a lot of people make use of the harbour, it is notalways safe. That is why we have filled a motion to lower the speed limit. This will mostly help the water sports.
Participant of the sports- and movementdeal
Connect Wageningen does not just focus onsports as a political party, but also as an association. In that role we havebeen an active participant of the ‘sport- en beweegakkoord’ and are we project leader of the ‘ik doe mee’ fund. We think it is beautiful that the government has funds available for sports associations and organisations to make agreements with each other. This is not connected to the policy plan of the municipality, which is extremely outdated.
Participant of the preventieakkoord
We also participated actively with thecreation of the preventionakkoord. Here we work together with other parties tosolve problems such as smoking and obesity.