Revitalization of the area: with regard to projects, Villers-sur-Mer is embarking on the journey to the small towns of tomorrow

Revitalization of the area: with regard to projects, Villers-sur-Mer is embarking on the journey to the small towns of tomorrow

Audrey Gadenne, councilor department, Thierry Granturco, mayor of Villers, Guillaume Lericolais, sub-prefect, and Michel Chevallier, vice-president of the 4CF. © Pays d’Auge

For more than a year, the municipality Villers-sur-Mer (Calvados) is in the starting blocks and working on the program Small cities of tomorrowNo of which she is the winner, which is considered “an opportunity to be supported financially, but also professionally”, she emphasizes Thierry Granturcomayor of Villers-sur-Mer.

The device mainly focuses on exaltationstrengthenaccess to housing and to local servicesto keep traderestore heritagetake into account ecological transition and more generally to ensure the attractiveness of the heart of the city. On Thursday, October 20, 2022, the signing of a agreement on the operation of territorial revitalization enabled the municipality to “launch a number of projects”.

The small town of tomorrow

“Villers-sur-Mer is a special town because housing structure. We are used to saying that there are 2,500 inhabitants, but we have 9,450 apartments,” the city councilor reminds the city of the importance of the secondary population. Reminder mutationIn recent years, when the secondary population has remained in Villers longer than before, more specifically in the Villers 2000 district, Thierry Granturco insists: “Our city is not ready for this. sociological and demographic changes. And we have to project ourselves into what Villers can be in 20 years. We are therefore obliged to plan a certain number of structural projects in our city, which we would not be able to implement without the help of the state”.

With the program Small cities of tomorrowVillers-sur-Mer intends to use this support and this “territorial revitalization operation” to improve the living conditions of the population. “It’s a policy that cares about small towns that are struggling to implement projects but are promised a bright future,” he points out Guillaume Lericolaissub-prefect of Lisieux.

In this context, a contract on the operation of territorial revitalization was signed on Thursday a tool for the support and implementation of the territorial project in the urban, economic, social and housing area and priority fight against the devitalization of city centers, except for renewal and ecological transition agreements. Support from the state, which materializes both through project financingonly one project manager, who will be responsible for coordinating these actions in conjunction with elected officials and identifying technical needs and necessary expertise. “With this agreement, you have priority over all financing of local investments,” the mayor assures the sub-prefect.

Four projects were identified

In Villers-sur-Mer, on the basis of an urban study of the town carried out by experts, four projects have been identified that will need to be prioritized according to the aid provided. “We plan to do it reconstruction of the post office building which is essential and which would allow us to repatriate the various services of the city to the building and free up the buildings, explains Thierry Granturco. We have too waterfront project which we shall see again in the light of the rise of the coast’. Another important point is the planned reconstruction revive Villers 2000. “It is a district that is increasingly populated, but it is the one that is least endowed with services to citizens,” the mayor specifies. Following this, two projects are coming, a nursing home and service housing on the one hand, and a project of 120 apartments on the other. We will try to do this with the arrival of new citizens transform our sports complex in the sector into a sports park, that it will become a through axis connecting this new headquarters with the city center”. The city therefore wishes to review all of them mobility. “Today there are two Villers and two polarities that we want to communicate.

Several areas of intervention

In order to combat the devitalization of urban centers, this agreement has several areas of intervention: the renovation of private housing and the fight against vacancies, the promotion of balanced economic and commercial development, the development of accessibility, mobility and connections, the improvement of public space and heritage or the provision of access to public facilities and services .

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