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Over 180 objections to shutting down fountain

30 April 2008 - As of today, the fountain at the Hogeweg is allowed to spray again, although conditions apply. Over 180 residents have lodged an objection to shutting down the fountain, whereas two residents complained about noise nuisance.

During a renovation in 1932, an iron cast fountain was removed from the Hogewegplein, but thanks to an initiative of neighbourhood residents, a new one was installed last year. Ever since, the fountain is having a spell of bad luck.

In May last year, the fountain was clogged by chestnut blossoms. Subsequently, het Parool reported that neighbourhood residents complained about noise nuisance and about children playing around the fountain and even spitting on the sidewalk.

In response to the complaints, the fountain was shut down. However, it became clear that the complaints came from a small minority of neighbourhood residents, headed by writer Caline Meyer.

The district has now decided to turn the fountain on after all, but it remains cautious. During much of the day, the fountain is allowed to spray only as high as 2.42 meter, so as to reduce the noise. In nine months, there will be an evaluation.

At today's Queen's Day celebration, neighbourhood residents protested against the restrictions that still apply.

Stadsdeel, Parool, Dwarsweb (all in Dutch)


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