The inevitable beginning of the “exceptional” section of the Gagny quarries, a vast expanse of biodiversity.

The filling of the Carrières de l'Ouest in Gagny will begin
The filling of the Carrières de l’Ouest in Gagny will begin “at the beginning of May,” the mayor’s office said. Part of this biodiversity site will be open to the public for “two to three years”.

Start of construction “soon”, “beginning of May” according to the mayor’s office Gagny. Cavity filling Western career start, with more truck reinforcements to keep the site secure. By 2025, Carrières, saved from a 1,750 residential project, will become a biodiversity space partially open to residents.

“Every day, an average of 130 trucks will make round trips”

It will be an “extraordinary place,” the mayor’s office said in the city’s latest newspaper. Backfilling of the galleries of old quarries will begin, a necessary step for future developments to ensure the safety of the soil and nearby residential buildings. The gallery will not be filled to testify to the past of the site, but access to it will be denied.

In December 2021, Mayor Rolin Cranoli recalled that it was “one of the mandate’s flagship projects”. By purchasing the land for 1.5 million euros, the city “collected subsidies” to fund the massive project, including 4.3 million euros from the state.

This backfill – with 70% of the earth excavated from the construction of the Grand Paris Express metro – will cause “trouble,” the mayor’s office warns: “Each day, an average of 130 trucks will go to and from the site to transport the earth. required. A traffic plan was drawn up to limit the presence of trucks in the area as much as possible, favoring direct access to the inside of the facility. »

“Compensation needed to save this gem of biodiversity”

For the municipality, it is “an essential partner for the conservation of this gem of biodiversity”. In a vast area of ​​14 hectares, 203 species of plants have been identified, including three considered remarkable, 19 species of birds and two species of protected reptiles. “Residents” saved the mayor’s decision Rolin Cranoli abandon a housing project originally planned to convert old quarries.

The environmental protection associations, the municipality and the prefecture took over this set. In 2019, a vast human chain was visibly formed. The abandonment of the real estate project made it possible to outline a different future for the property: “Part will be open to the public, with facilities yet to be defined for the reception of the details. The main, most interesting part in terms of biodiversity will not be available to the public,” the municipality confirmed. news Seine-Saint-Denis Wednesday, April 13

Sketch of the project published in the city newspaper December 2021 Description of the objects, top left to right: green theatre, coal face and caves, biotope conservation, copse and concrete blocks, emergency entrance.  And from left to right below: square and playground, main entrance, sports ground, footbridge, plain.
Sketch of the project published in the city newspaper December 2021 Description of the objects, top left to right: green theatre, coal face and caves, biotope conservation, copse and concrete blocks, emergency entrance. And from left to right below: square and playground, main entrance, sports ground, footbridge, plain. (©City of Gagny)

Routes, shoulders and facilities are planned in accordance with the design presented to the mayor, elected officials and environmental associations. It will be discussed with residents during a general meeting scheduled for May 12, at 18:00, at City Hall.

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