Opponents of the Castres

Two days before the opening of the public inquiry into environmental permits, a new demonstration is organized against the motorway project between Castres and Toulouse. (©Paul Halbedel – Voix du Midi Lauragais Archives)

This is one of the last steps before the realization of the motorway link between Castres and Toulouse. Monday, November 28, 2022, will open thepublic inquiry into environmental permits necessary to perform this operation.

This concerns both thewidening of the A680 between Castelmaurou and Verfeil over a length of nine kilometers and the creation of a motorway between Verfeil and Castres (the future A69) over a length of 53 kilometers.

Anti-motorway action planned in Maurens-Scopont

Saturday November 26, two days before the launch of this public inquiry which will be held until January 11, 2023, the citizen collective The way is clear will carry out a major new action on the route of the future motorway.

Opponents of the A69 are invited to meet at Esclauzolles hamlet in the municipality of Maurens Scoponton the border of Tarn and Haute-Garonne, for an event entitled “The big ball of the excavations”.

On the occasion of the opening of the environmental public inquiry on November 28, the collective La Voie est Libre invites citizens to become aware of the masquerade of preventive archaeological excavations which today ransack the lands of the route even before the delivery environmental permit. The proper place for this archaic motorway project is precisely at the bottom of these holes!

Citizen collective The Way is free

“Come and bury Grandma Lucy’s amphorae”

The collective of opponents invites citizens to participate that day, from 2:30 p.m., in the “Hide your relic” contest through the following call:

You too can take part in this parody of excavations, come and bury “Grandmother Lucy’s amphoras”, “mammoth bones”, “bifaces or amber containing dinosaur DNA”, which are certainly lying around in your home and made from materials natural. Let’s rewrite history!

This mobilization of the anti-motorway will continue around a snack and a ball hosted by a DJ.

The collective denounces a non-parity commission of inquiry

On the sidelines of this mobilization, La Voie est libre also sent a letter on Thursday, November 24 to the president of the administrative court of Toulouse and to the prefect of Tarn to ask them to review the composition of the commission in charge of this public inquiry.

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The members of the collective point out the fact that the nine investigating commissioners are all men and are surprised, beyond this lack of parity, of the lack of diversity of profiles :

In line with the absurdity of this A69 project, deemed “anachronistic” by the Environmental Authority, the choice of commissioners of inquiry is based on a backward-looking vision of our society. Without calling into question the professionalism of those who make up the commission of inquiry, appointing seven men over the age of 60 to bring the public debate to life about a project that would have a lasting impact on the environment and the future of the territory, is seriously? In 2022, can we be satisfied with such a lack of representativeness, with a non-mixed commission of inquiry, without diversity of profiles and ages.

Citizen collective The Way is free

How will the public inquiry unfold?

It should be noted that people who wish to participate in this public inquiry will be able to submit their observations and proposals on the digital register provided for this purpose or send them by email to the address [email protected].fr between November 28 and January 11.

Paper records will also be available at six locations: at the sub-prefecture of Castres (16 boulevard Georges-Clémenceau) and in the town halls of Castelmaurou, Verfeil, Puylaurens, Soual and Cuq-Toulza.

In addition, the investigators will keep 20 physical hotlines in the same places, without prior appointment:

  • Sub-prefecture of Castres: Monday November 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday December 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday December 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday December 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday January 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. h.
  • Town Hall of Castelmaurou: Wednesday November 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday December 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday January 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Town hall of Verfeil: Friday December 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday January 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Town Hall of Puylaurens: thursday 1er December from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday December 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday December 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
  • Town hall of Cuq-Toulza: Friday December 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday January 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Town Hall of Soual: Tuesday December 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday December 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Friday January 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Finally, a videoconference will be scheduled on Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (with prior appointment to be made on the website of the digital register).

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