Circuit Zandvoort has been officially given the green light to perform preparatory work tomorrow for next year's Formula 1 race. The province of Noord-Holland issued the crucial permit for this on Friday, confirms a spokesperson for the Grand Prix at NU.nl.
At the beginning of this week, the circuit was already informed that the licensing process was at an advanced stage. That is why work has already started. Among other things, they must ensure that the construction of grandstands can be started soon.
"With this exemption, the province and the Noord-Holland North Environment Agency confirm that Circuit Zandvoort has taken great care in preparation for the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix in 2020", circuit director Robert van Overdijk said in a statement on Friday evening.
"The circuit has shown that nitrogen deposition will only decrease in the coming years. As the new legislation also prescribes. With this step, Circuit Zandvoort also shows that, as we have said and promised, we are taking the legislation and regulations very seriously , despite the fact that others like to believe differently ", says Van Overdijk.
"The area of the natterjack toad and sand lizard destroyed"
Nature and environmental organizations try to prevent work on the circuit. The nature organizations state that the habitat of the natterjack toad and the sand lizard is "permanently destroyed". Both species have a protected status. In areas where they live, therefore, work may not just take place. The judge will rule on this on Tuesday in summary proceedings.
Work on the circuit is needed to prepare for the first Dutch Formula 1 race since 1985. The race is scheduled for May 3, 2020.
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