The residents of 337 houses in the district Opwierde in the Groningen Appingedam will all get a new house as part of the reinforcement operation. That’s what the residents were told this afternoon by Interior Minister Ollongren.
The residents call themselves ‘the forgotten corner’ of Appingedam. All around them they saw houses being demolished and rebuilt, but for years they themselves had not been given any clarity about the strengthening of their house. As a result, the inequality in the neighbourhood became great.
In order to get clarity, the residents took action. They hung real estate signs on the houses with the text: #EnWijDan? They also made films in which they told about inequality in the strengthening operation in the area, which was hit by earthquakes
“We did it,” said resident Richard Hoekstra to RTV North. He took action together with other residents to get new buildings. “People are looking at each other in disbelief. There really is a hosanna mood in the neighborhood. We got it done.”
The Ministry of the Interior, the municipality of Appingedam, the National Coordinator Groningen and housing cooperatives Marenland and Groninger Huis have jointly made agreements about the new houses.
“The inequality in the neighborhood has come to an end,” says Minister Ollongren. “I’m glad the residents now have good prospects for the future.”