With banners that have been hanging on the Hollerich side of the Pétrusse Valley since Friday, the demonstrators are demanding that no more trees be felled on their side of the valley.
Shortly before the second phase of the ecological redevelopment of the Petrusse begins, Gare residents draw people's attention to the damage the project is causing on this strip of nature: Once again, decades-old, invaluable trees would disappear and once again the City would override Gare residents' wishes.
The protesters call for an end to any further trees being cut down on their side of the Pétrusse Valley. The location in question can be found on the Hollerich side of the valley, on the right side of the new bridge that leads into the Gare. Residents claim that this part of the valley was always meant to be wilder than the rest of the valley and at first it was only meant to be restructured according to the national exhibition of urban gardens, landscape installations, agriculture and places of life (LUGA). However for residents, it is their place to celebrate their children's birthdays, to relax and to breathe.
The orchard, for example, would be removed according to the plan listed on the official website. Residents are frustrated that they are unable to find precise and concrete information on what the City's future plans are with the place. Indeed, Luxembourg City's official website has so far only uploaded a document on a "detailed preliminary project" from June 2019. All that residents remember is that more and more trees were cut down in the Grund than was initially stated and some trees lost too much soil underground for their roots to hold onto due to water.
The objective of the project is to manage rising water levels, to take into account the many infrastructural features located in the valley and to prevent any increase in terms of exposure to flooding for private land parcels located in the valley.
Residents are open to a compromise, and urge the City to find a better solution should a better solution exist. However, with the lack of information, they remain skeptical.
Concerns remain about the environment, about common sense planning, but also about quality of life. Above all, Gare's residents want to know what exactly is being changed and reshaped here. They of course demand for their wishes to be respected but this is also about what they can do in the context of environmental protection and climate change, not just for the future but also for today.