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‘Districts must merge’

24 October 2006 – Minister Johan Remkes (conservative VVD party) announced last Sunday that he wants to abolish the districts. Not a good idea, says his fellow party-member Dennis Straat, alderman in the Zeeburg District, on his weblog. He does think that districts should become larger: 60,000 inhabitants at least.

According to Straat, the districts are indispensible: “I do not believe one bit that the desired focus on neighbourhoods can be achieved from City Hall. You will always need a detached post. The districts fulfill that role well”.

He does think that many districts are too small to operate effectively. He proposes a minimum of 60,000 inhabitants. At present, out of fourteen districts, only Centrum, Noord, Zuidoost and Oud-Zuid meet that criterium.

Straat’s own district, Zeeburg, is at present well below the norm with 45,000 inhabitants, but the alderman expects that the number of inhabitants will double within ten years, as a result of the construction of IJburg and the Zeeburgereiland.

Background: Districts to be curtailed. Photo: Johan Remkes (Buitenhof)


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