Mayor of Biarritz Maider Arosteguy confident on the timetable for the development of the Aguilera plateau

What is your assessment of the season ending this last day of summer 2021?

From an attendance point of view, July was soft. More dynamic August. There were over three million daily visitors. Hence the importance of pedestrianization and public transport that make it possible to manage flows. Line 7 …

What is your assessment of the season ending this last day of summer 2021?

From an attendance point of view, July was soft. More dynamic August. There were over three million daily visitors. Hence the importance of pedestrianization and public transport that make it possible to manage flows. Line 7 to the relay parking lot issued 17,200 tickets. This is 8% more than the previous summer. The Côte des Basques shuttle has recorded 37,000 ascents. The pedestrianization has given satisfaction to the inhabitants of the city center. I remind you that it is an experimental device, called to evolve. Improvements will be made. We will gradually replace the barriers, which have been identified.

Were the nights less agitated?

From a security standpoint, we haven’t had the wild partying and rudeness of previous years. The level of delinquency remained low even though there are still crimes committed. But without the terraces that were linked to Covid and without the organized gatherings in seasonal rentals, there was less reason for conflict.

What feedback do you have from the Hôtel du Palais?

The palace was full. September is also a very good month. That said, staff recruitment problems remain. This creates frustration for those who cannot book. That said, even though I am CEO of Socomix, the semi-public company in which the city has a majority, I can’t do anything. The management contract signed by my predecessor Michel Veunac means that Socomix is ​​excluded from personnel management despite being the employer! Hyatt decides its commercial policy as it sees fit.

And financially?

We were able to complete the financing of the last part of the work without resorting to bank loans that the over-indebted Socomix cannot boast. The Municipality has lent 4 million which will be repaid starting from 2023. As well as the rent of 900,000 euros provided for by the lease.

One image, that of the sewage discharge on the Grande Plage, made an impression. What happened on August 29th?

The report I received speaks of a “tsunami”. 14 millimeters of water fell in 12 minutes. The retention basins were not full but the system is configured in such a way that the valves open automatically when the water rises too quickly. It cannot be stopped. It is to preserve the health of the users that the beaches are closed in these weather configurations. We are studying ways to limit overflows or send them further offshore. One or two additional retention basins and new rainwater evacuation routes will be required.

Where are we on Aguilera’s side?

The housing component is proceeding. On 5 September we will present the three scenarios we have selected in a public meeting. Then there will be workshops with the Biarrots on three themes: sport, eco-district and urban development put into perspective in these scenarios. Only one will be selected and designated at the end of November for an urban community vote by the end of the year. There will then be nine months of public utility survey and finally the Mecdu, putting the town planning document in conformity, could be delivered. It will be the end of 2023, the beginning of 2024. In the meantime, we will work on architectural projects for homes and associative premises. We are on time.

What about the stadium and facilities of the professional club?

I no longer have relations with the owners of the BOPB. Investors came to see me a few months ago to inquire about lease leases. Since then, I have received no requests and have not made any. These owners are also tenants and the final report of the Court of Auditors that we will examine at the next city council will help exonerate my honor by showing the exploitation that has been made of the gas and electricity bills … club to pay them as was said two years ago .

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