Make participationmeetings sexier and more accessible
Participationmeetings and political events are targeted at the ‘usual suspects’ and the people who already have all the know-how. We see that this is not appealing for the big majority in Wageningen. However, participation is becoming increasingly more important with big challenges we face such as energy transition, warmth transition and the plans for the environment and planning act. We therefore commissioned a study on the participation of young adults in participation events, and this was downright bad. In particular at events that relate to sustainability, we think this is unjustifiable. We understand that nobody wants a windmill or solar park in their backyard, but these are not the people that will undergo the consequences of climate change.
Our theme on integration is unique in Wageningen. The municipality does not have any policy programmes for the promotion of integration and it does not occur as an independent chapter in the election program of other parties as well. Sometimes it appears as something that has to be taken into account, but a separateobjective is missing. We have been working on this ourselves for a while. Mainly to promote integration in Wageningen, Connect Wageningen was founded. We see 4 trends in our city:
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.
Website and communication municipality bilingual!
The most important thing for citizens to get involved in society is language. Becauseone sixth of the citizens of Wageningen was not born in the Netherlands it is important that we also communicate well in English. Due to the costs we are not in favor of translating everything. However, the most important cases should be easily accessible. The municipality has minimally performed one of our motions, but with the new website on its way things are improving. Yay!
Commissioner for research on alternative energy sources in the regional energystransition.
Everyone is in favor of using the university’s knowledge. However, no one is critical onhow 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 a team of bachelor students to conduct research on alternative energy resources for the regional energy strategy. We concluded that it seems to be difficult to make use of this until 2030, and we will mostly rely on solar and wind power. In 2050 it should be possible to make use of this.
Citycouncil called back for participation at solarfield Haarweg
The participation for the solarfield at the Haarweg was also very bad. The directconnected neighbourhood was not involved, probably because students live there. Neighbourhood on the other side of the project were, however, extensively taken into account. More chances were created for students to participate and give their input because of us. Hopefully the municipality has learned a lesson on this matter.
Organisation of Hello, Wageningen!
As part of connecting we organize a meeting during the One world week with the mayor andcouncil members for all students and internationals in Wageningen.
Pursued for international school Kortenoord
From the beginning of our city council period we got involved for an internationalschool in Kortenoord. Based on studies from 2014 there would not be enough demand for this. For the time being the international school in Arnhem stays the closest by.
Welcome package arranged for new inhabitants
We committed to creating a welcome package for new inhabitants in the municipalityof Wageningen. Almost 10% of the citizens is new every year. To get those people involved in Wageningen as quickly as possible we think a welcome package can help. The intention is that the package gets filled together with businesses from Wageningen. The nice shops in Wageningen get more known, and the bustling city will be a nice addition to our centre.