Mobilization for the Environment joins other environmental organizations that go to court to challenge a license from the province of Noord-Holland for Formula 1 in Zandvoort. They want to prevent the dune area around the resort from being affected by the work for the Grand Prix that must take place in May 2020.
This has been confirmed by a spokesperson for Mobilization in response to reports in the AD.
The Provincial Executive has granted the Circuit an exemption to make a considerable number of adjustments to the complex. For example, new grandstands and a noise barrier must be built and new roads built towards the circuit.
This will seriously damage parts of nature, claim the complainants, and expel special animals from their habitat. In addition, the organizations state that F1 will lead to a lot of extra nitrogen emissions.
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Council of State made a far-reaching statement about nitrogen emissions
The Council of State ruled this spring that the government's approach to nitrogen is not good. No measures may be taken that could lead to less nitrogen emissions in the future to compensate for more emissions at the moment.
Various environmental organizations, including the Duinbehoud Foundation, Rust naar de Kust and Milieudefensie, have protested against the granting of the provincial permit. But the objection procedure can certainly take six months; by that time the work in Zandvoort will be well advanced.
They want the judge to rule on the cessation of all work as long as the objection has not been dealt with. According to a spokesperson for Mobilization for the Environment, the case should be brought before the court in Haarlem at the beginning of October.
Budget of the municipality of Zandvoort not yet in order
Earlier this week it became clear that the budget that the municipality of Zandvoort has drawn up to receive the Grand Prix of the Netherlands next year is "under tension". The budget that the municipality of Zandvoort has made available for the Grand Prix is 4 million euros. But the municipality must finance matters that it has not taken into account in advance.
For example, the track to Zandvoort must be adjusted to allow more trains to run per hour. The municipality of Zandvoort has not taken into account that it must make a financial contribution to this.
In addition, the city council decided that a lobbyist should be appointed, but the costs involved are not yet included in the 4 million euros that the municipality has made available. It is not yet clear how much money Zandvoort is lacking in total. "A current financial" picture is available in October.
Cabinet "does everything to make F1 go ahead
The concept of the autumn memorandum also states that the municipality has lost many civil servants due to the "high preparation time, the high workload and the many media attention and requests" around the race event.
The Grand Prix on the circuit of Zandvoort will be driven on May 3, 2020. It is the first time in 35 years that a Formula 1 race has been held in the Netherlands. Minister Bruno Bruins (Sport) said this weekend that the cabinet "will do everything" to keep the race going. Bruins did not object to the issue of nitrogen emissions either.
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