Monday, June 18, 2018

Pervouralsk activists protest kindergarten construction in city park

Activists in Pervouralsk have collected signatures against the construction of a new kindergarten in the City Park of Culture and Recreation, protesting the deforestation of several acres of trees.

Pervouralsk's Duma voted in favor of the new school, leading a small activist group to mobilize and petition the city in opposition to the planned project. So far, the group has collected approximately 500 signatures and has garnered support from non-governmental organization Pervouraltsy, which has agreed to assist in protesting the kindergarten, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"[The] park is the story of our city, a citywide attraction," Pervouraltsy spokesperson Olga Vaganova said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "There's a very densely planted pine in the age of 50 years and older, living much protein. If you go down heavy equipment, then the park, except for the group and the flag monument workers front and near, there is nothing left."

Representatives from the Office of Capital Construction, the agency charged with overseeing the construction project, have responded to criticism by saying that the school will be placed at the entrance of the park and will not interfere with surrounding flora.

"If you now put on the scales of two or three trees at the entrance to the park and a kindergarten with 250 seats, it is clear that today more important to us," Marat Safiullin, the deputy chairman of the Pervouralsk City Council, said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "Here, near the park of culture and recreation environment for kindergarten is very comfortable: and trees around, and transport close by, it's almost the center of the city. Most people will probably be willing to give up their children here. But if we conduct a survey [of public approval for the construction project], we risk not to meet deadlines. We have the decrees of the president, so in 2015 the issue of all, we must solve."

Meanwhile, the city administration of Pervouralsk has agreed to continually update the public about its plans for the construction of the kindergarten.

Officials are currently in the process of gaining the required permits to build, with construction scheduled to commence in early 2015. The city administration will continue to hold public feedback sessions to allow the residents of the city voice their concerns over the project, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.