Alderman survives for second time motion at Uithoflijn Utrecht

Alderman Lot van Hooijdonk (Mobility) survived a vote of no confidence for the second time on Thursday evening. The alderman almost stumbled into a new emergency debate on the Uithof line.


Alderman Lot van Hooijdonk (Mobility) survived a vote of no confidence for the second time on Thursday evening. The alderman almost stumbled into a new emergency debate on the Uithof line.

Nearly half of the council feels that the alderman has insufficiently taken up her role in the drama file, which means that the board is not properly informed. They gave up their confidence, but the coalition parties did not want to drop the alderman.

The criticism fell Van Hooijdonk "raw on her roof". She was emotionally aware every day to make every effort to keep the board well informed. "Not only in quantity but also in quality."

The bumblebee around the Uithof line has been around for ages, a project that is financially supported for three quarters by the province and for a quarter on the municipality's sign. The costs for the construction of the 8-kilometer long tram line are not 300 million as budgeted, but rise to 400 million euros.

Moreover, the express tram between Utrecht Central and, among other things, the university had to drive for a long time.

Investigator blame governments for 'amateurism'

In this project, error accumulates on error. In a critical report, the municipality and the province were accused of amateurism recently.

Partly for this project, the province's financial statements 2017 have still not been approved by the accountant. As a result, Utrecht will no longer receive advances from the government for the time being.

A year ago, deputy Jacqueline Verbeek-Nijhof (VVD) resigned. The provincial director thought that her position had become unsustainable due to the problems surrounding the construction project.

Despite the political sting, the tram will soon drive. It concerns test drives without passengers.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/utrecht/5755965/wethouder-overleeft-voor-tweede-keer-motie-om-uithoflijn-utrecht.html