"I was completely blown away. To have three public establishments delivered ten years ago and all of which have to close is insane for a municipality of 5,600 inhabitants! But I'm not shirking my responsibilities. I have to take on the legacy of my predecessor... The most important thing is that there are no children injured... »
Mayor of Saint-Pierre-lès-Nemours, Bruno Landais (DVD) does not hide his anger. On Friday evening, he permanently closed the only leisure centre in his small town. A letter will be distributed to the parents of the children who frequented the premises. That is between 80 and 110 children per day because the site also provided after-school care.
"In a letter dated December 7, 2023 that accompanies the conclusions of his report, the expert wrote to me: this building must be closed immediately and permanently." According to him, the all-wood structure has major construction defects. There are metal shoes missing screws, beams rotted by moisture, etc. "It will certainly be demolished," he said.
The dark streak continues. As soon as he was elected mayor in July 2020, Bruno Landais heard and listened to the complaints of teachers and parents of students at the Fontaine sèche kindergarten. "A lot of infiltration, leaks everywhere... The situation is not much better at the Maison des Associations next door. Hence his request to carry out a forensic expertise on all the Gréau buildings built of wood and delivered in December 2013.
"We will succeed in ensuring the continuity of public service," the mayor promises
In July 2021, the first shock: a report ordered him to close the school and the associative space. The young people are reassigned to different structures near the socio-cultural centre.
This time, following the emergency closure of the leisure centre, the mayor plans to move it to the Clos Saint-Jean as of Monday 11 December. Children will be welcomed, including during the Christmas holidays. "We will succeed in ensuring the continuity of the public service. We are fortunate to have staff who are committed to it," comments Bruno Landais, who also highlights the "adaptability of the teachers".
The municipality will file a complaint against the project owner and the various trades. "This set of four structures cost €14 million. Only the canteen, which is built in solid form, has been spared for the time being. The municipality's indebtedness is solely devoted to this project, which is three-quarters out of use," the mayor complains.