Friday, 14 February 2020

Preuilly Municipal Council January 2020 Meeting Report


Documentary: Local film maker Sylvain Desclous is making a documentary about the upcoming municipal elections, and was present to film one of the last council meetings to be presided over by current mayor Gilles Bertucelli.

Sylvain Desclous and the actors answer questions at the preview of Vendeur, also filmed locally.
Director and actors take questions at preview of the film Vendeur.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Town Water: Responsibility for the town water supply and sanitation has transferred to the Communauté des Communes and Preuilly has handed over equipment relevant to managing the system. Several councillors brought up the complaint by various residents that the water has been very chloriney since the Comcom handed management of the system to Véolia in 2019. Prior to this Preuilly had been one of only three municipalities who managed their own water.

 The water tower in Preuilly is buried in the chateau ramparts.
Water tower buried in the chateau ramparts.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Place des Halles: The refurbishment of the market place has been suspended as Batiment de France, the State agency responsible for heritage buildings, wants changes to the plans that the council does not agree with, such as the removal of parking places, the existing trees and the proposed steps. They feel the project is jeopardised to the extent that they will leave it for the next elected team to take up.

 Place des Halles, decorated for Christmas.
Place des Halles, Preuilly sur Claise, decorated for Christmas.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

New Doctor: The current local doctor, Patrick Mureau, is due to retire in the next four years. It was envisaged that the wife of the current dentist, who is a doctor, would replace him. However, she is Romanian, and has still not received authorisation to practice in France. The Romanian government is making it more and more difficult for their nationals to work in foreign countries as they want to retain doctors trained in Romania. The new council will maybe have to use an agency to find a new doctor.

Simon at the doctor's.
At the doctors.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Seasonal Jobs: Every year the municipality creates two seasonal jobs -- swimming pool lifeguard (maitre-nageur) and camping grounds manager. These posts are currently unfilled and the council is searching for candidates.

 The municipal pool in Preuilly, with a former maitre-nageur on the left.
A municipal swimming pool.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Solar Farm: The modification of use of the Dennery factory site has been approved and the public enquiry completed. It is not yet clear if the photovoltaic panels will be erected after the demolition of the existing buildings, or if they will be kept. The facility will produce 8.074 kW from 4.12 hectares of panels on 8.6 hectares of land. The annual production is estimated at being the equivalent of the consumption (except heating) of 7786 households.

 Site of the former Dennery factory.
Site of the former Dennery factory.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Grants: A grant of €50 per primary school pupil was agreed for a science discovery stay at Azay le Ferron. A grant of €2970 was agreed for the Sports Union, for the club itself and towards salaries and expenses of personnel.


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7 comments:

  1. Country life! Interesting local news.

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    1. Yes, indeed. The water quality is causing a stir particularly.

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  2. Meanwhile in the U.S. there are doctors from other lands that find it difficult to get authorization to practice here - some are having to be baristas to support themselves.

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    1. In Australia I think foreign doctors can benefit from a programme whereby they agree to go to a rural area to practice for several years when they first arrive.

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    2. Or a practical way of ensuring rural areas retain services. No worse than sending newly qualified teachers to rural areas. Everyone knows what the deal is, and although individuals may not like it, they can lump it because it's for a defined period. Civic duty.

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    3. Yes spot on. It is a general rural problem no matter where you live and is one good way to ensure continuity of services.

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