The Mayor unlabeled Alain Blondeau did not respond directly to this controversy, but a member of his majority explained the origin of the decision: “We made arrangements to prevent people from travel back too easily after their passage in June, when they reached 120, far exceeding the capacity of a small town like ours. ” “We have good relations with them! And if they come in small numbers, they will always find a plot. We actually proposed two land sites in the urban community and the Prefecture for them to settle down” , he was keen to stress.
Other opposition MPs, were also stigmatized in their blog “this madness” that “disfigures the green areas of the city, saying also that” if tomorrow a group of Travellers wants to settle somewhere, it’s a safe bet that this does not prevent them. “The city of Wavrin, which has 7,000 inhabitants, has for several years, like many others in the agglomeration Lille, comply with the Besson Law, according to Patrick Delebarre, head of section “travelers” in the Lille urban community (MEL). This text stipulates that every city with more than 5,000 inhabitants must have an area Home for Travellers. But, says Patrick Delebarre, also mayor of Bondues, “when confronted as mayor to this kind of problem, we faced a great loneliness, and we must find solutions urgency, good or not. “