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Floating monuments

1 July 2006 – In the future, historic houseboats will qualify for subsidies for monuments, as far as the Centrum District is concerned. However, criteria will have to be set first. A ship that might qualify for subsidy is the Jan van Arkel (photo).

Last Thursday night, the Centrum District passed a motion proposed by Nelly Duijndam (SP), asking to make subsidies available for monumental houseboats.

A ship that might qualify for subsidy is the Jan van Arkel. In the beginning of the twentiest century, this ship acted as a jetty for steamships that departed from the Amstel River. “The ship has a rich history and it looks good”, says Duijndam.

Before subsidies can be awarded, criteria have to be formulated. “You have to make arrangements for ships that have been renovated with a subsidy and subsequently leave the district. In such a case, it would be fair to make them repay all or part of the subsidy”.

The SP calls on other districts with a rich nautic history, such as Zeeburg, Noord and Westerpark, to follow suit.

Duijndam owns a nautical school and has lived on a housboat for years. She hopes that the subsidy arrangement for monumental houseboats will also be a step towards the equal treatment of houses on the water and on the land.

“They always talk about equal treatment, but this is mainly put in practice when they want to collect, when you have to pay. When it regards equal rights, close to nothing has been achieved”, Duijndam says.

Jan van Arkel (in Dutch), houseboats


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