Mega-prison in Haren – the Haren committee asks Brussels to protect the Keelbeek road
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    Mega-prison in Haren – the Haren committee asks Brussels to protect the Keelbeek road

    The Haren committee, which is opposed to the construction of the new prison in Brussels, has asked Brussels to protect the Keelbeek road. This was during a Committee Council meeting on Monday evening. “The Communal Council has an excellent way to block this toxic project at its disposal”, says Laurent Moulin, the president of the Haren Committee. He is referring to the law of the 10th of April 1841, which says that the modification of communal roads must be approved by the Communal Council. The Keelbeek road will be modified according to the construction plan for the new Haren prison.

    “The Keelbeek road has been part of the communal road system since 1621. It is particularly important to Haren and Diegem residents, who can walk there and feel close to nature”, says Laurent Moulin. “The construction plan for the new prison sets out a new road, but the new one will be wedged between a railway and a 10 metre high prison wall”.

    In his response, the Town planning and Heritage Councilor Geoffroy Coomans from Brachène (MR) reminded people that the land has not been labelled a “green zone” by the Regional Plan for Land Affectation. “But we have to protect this commune, which is considered as one of the lungs of this region, as well as we can,” he added.

    The issue will be dealt with in September.

    Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)