Place Jasmin is changing rapidly, and the municipality has just installed a cabin to discuss with the public and collect development proposals in a logic of public consultation.
It sits at the entrance to Place Jasmin, giving the air of Christmas markets to this very busy axis of the city center, the “project hut” will remain in place until the end of the year 2021. “We We are in the experimental phase of the project, it is therefore necessary that it lives, that people can say what they would like to achieve “, declares Nicolas Benatti, the deputy in charge, among other things, of urban development at the town hall of Agen. He would dream of creating “Champs-Élysées à l’Agenaise”, an axis that could host major events. “Imagine a big concert here for the Pruneau Show next year?” He asks. The Gravel market could also relocate there, why not, anything is possible. To discuss it, elected officials, municipal agents and members of the trade agency will take turns in the cabin. It will initially be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We will then have a trainee who will be more present to collect the observations of passers-by and see how the place lives on a daily basis”, announces Nicolas Benatti.
The rest of the time, a letterbox will collect all the comments of the Agenais. “We have for example observed that the temporary right turn is quite tight, if the development is validated, it will be improved”, assures Clémence Robert, the first deputy mayor. The latter is in particular responsible for the ecological transition and will ensure that the trees planted have the ability to refresh the air and capture rainwater.
On this return day, elected officials were also able to observe the ballet of buses, recently diverted, especially around the Jasmin-les-Iles college, and vehicles in the morning. “Everything went well, except for a few parents who had to come back late from vacation and who seemed to discover the project… They did us some feats!”, Recounts Nicolas Benatti.