Living together (7th section)
With this 7th and last notice dedicated to its sustainable development program (Agenda 21), the City of Lausanne addresses life in the community and presents its policy on closeness within the neighbourhoods. It also responds to the last proposals from the participatory initiative Quartiers 21.
Socio-cultural activities will be particularly strengthened by the creation of neighbourhood meeting houses. Additionally, various actions are planned to bring together residents and authorities.
Since 1995, the Foundation for Socio-Cultural Activities in Lausanne (FASL) has managed fifteen socio-cultural centres with the City’s financial support. These centres are jointly run by professionals and volunteers, and FASL balances these two forces.
To maintain and strengthen the social link created by these structures, the Municipality offers to create neighbourhood centres to bring together the different associative activities. These houses "for everyone and by everyone" strengthen the role of residents and their community. They will be managed – according to the structural plan, administrative plans, and FASL techniques – by a House Council including representatives of its users, the City, and FASL.
The community administration may view the House Council as a representative for the neighbourhood. It will be able to initiate new neighbourhood projects and then finance them through an associative budget. A total of 500,000 francs from the sustainable development fund for 2009-2011 will be allocated for this purpose. Several projects are already underway in Chailly, in both the Boisy-Bossons-Bergières and Pontaise neighbourhoods.
Similar to the emphasis on socio-cultural activities, the Municipality offers different initiatives aimed at bringing the people of Lausanne closer to their leaders. At the time of future development and construction plans, residents will be more closely associated within the framework of a participative initiative, like those that were created for the neighbourhood of Praz-Gilliard in Vers-chez-les-Blanc.
Lastly, when the administrative building at Flon opens next August, new reception centres will be set up at Chauderon, namely the Bureau d'Information Aux Parents (BIP), a day-care centre to watch people’s children during administrative initiatives, as well as a public information office, similar to that at Place de la Palud.
Initiated in 1998, Lausanne’s Agenda 21 project allows the City of Lausanne to carry out an analysis of its performance in regard to sustainability and more consistent interaction between the various areas. It therefore set itself up with a well-documented sustainable development policy.
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