The announcement at the meeting with citizens in the Santa Marta room. 35 users were present, problems that have lasted for over 60 years emerged
IVREA. For some of those present, the meeting on the urban gardens of San Grato, which was held in the Santa Marta room on Wednesday 16 June, was a disappointment. In fact, it ended with another postponement, in September, when the result of the 5 million euro tender for urban regeneration will already be clear, in which the Municipality participated by presenting, among others, a project for the gardens. According to the deputy mayor Elisabetta Piccoli, however, it was “an important first step to find an agreement that avoids the umpteenth repeated disappointment of expectations from 2006 to today, even if a gentleman who intervened makes it go back directly to 1960” .
In short, the administration wants to put order in the maze of illegal, dirt and waste of eternity that unfortunately surrounds the gardens, where however there are also virtuous examples of care that must be valued. «Certainly – explains Piccoli -, we will proceed with a reassignment of the gardens. Of course, a call will have to be made on which we will evaluate a right of first refusal for those who have occupied a garden for many and take care of it ».
The meeting was attended by about 35 users of municipal gardens out of seventy surveyed in 2006. On that occasion the Municipality of Ivrea had left a note with the municipal stamp, which certified the use of a specific lot. According to Piccoli, however, those coupons are no longer valid. “We will have to clean, fence and relocate the gardens. But we will do it in agreement with the people, to improve the situation and to develop a virtuous project. If we win the ban on urban regeneration we will make a robust intervention: we will connect the area to the aqueduct, since it was precisely the lack of access to water that led many to build the illegal huts we have seen. Naturally, we will take away all the bulky materials that have been unloaded on an area of 12 thousand square meters and we will proceed with a soil analysis. Then we would like to provide agricultural equipment and train. Because we believe that urban agriculture can also be a means of livelihood, for those who have lost their jobs or the like ».
If there were no money from the tender, however, things would get complicated. «Our goal – explains Piccoli again – is however to bring home the cleaning, the fencing and the reassignment. But we will participate in other competitions anyway ».
The attempt is to find a mediation with a district of the city that is too often forgotten, even though it is often mentioned as a fundamental part of the Unesco “buffer zone”. «Of course, to do so – explains Piccoli again -, it would be important to have representatives with whom to deal with. At the next meeting all citizens will still participate, then there will come a time when they will have to decide who are the representatives with whom we will speak ».
The shortest way would be the constitution of an association of San Grato, such as those that in the other districts have developed enhancement pacts with the public administration.