How to improve everyday life in a concrete way? This is the question that Internet users who contributed to the digital consultation set up by the Make.org platform, in partnership with Le Télégramme, offered for two months. More than 110,000 participants wrote 5,000 proposals answering the question “How to improve living conditions in your area?” “. Enough to identify the issues that will count as part of the regional and departmental elections, scheduled for June.
Key theme: transport. The subject concentrates two propositions out of ten. It is slightly more than questions relating to citizenship and the way of organizing decisions and political life in a territory. Waste and its recycling is also a third area of concern, since it brings together one in ten contributions.
Among all these proposals, 153 were formulated by Breton contributors who provided the postal code of their municipality. And in the region as at the national level, the question of transport appears clearly: many of these contributions mention travel by bicycle or on foot, or globally with less car.
Better combine pedestrians, bicycles and trains
Valérie, in her forties living near Dinan, wants more “public transport, especially in rural areas”. “We must invite the population not to use the car for journeys of less than 2 km, by facilitating cycling and pedestrian routes”, judge, for his part, Pascal, 59 years old.
More generally, several proposals from Bretons which have generated strong support address the issue of rail transport and its association with other modes of travel. Céline, 41 years old and based near Auray, considers that “we must develop regional train lines at competitive prices and allow access to bicycles”. The contributors are in favor of improving alternatives to the car, both in raising public awareness and in concrete travel possibilities.
Environment and agriculture
Even more than transport, action on the environment, often in connection with agriculture, is confirmed as a very marked concern in Brittany, with concrete translations. Several contributors mention the hedges to be recreated or reinforced around agricultural plots. This issue has recently gained momentum at the regional level, particularly in connection with issues surrounding water quality. Better waste and recycling management are also among the welcome proposals.
More generally, several contributions advocate a stronger emphasis on aid to small farms and less polluting agricultural activity, with a limitation of pesticides and support for organic products. These considerations are associated with a concern for the condition of farmers: the proposals on the subject that have received the most support refer to the income of smallholders.
Once again, local production and consumption assert themselves as strong slogans. Not only in Brittany, moreover: these subjects are among the proposals “acclaimed” at the national level, that is to say that they triggered many votes, of which at least three quarters of positive votes. This “localism” often responds to another concern: the closure of businesses.
Paul, in his forties from Audierne bay (29), would like to see “local producers’ stores set up in towns which are not equipped with grocery stores”, when Marie, in Brest, intends to “encourage the consumption of local and short-circuit products ”. Sébastien, who lives near Brest, would even like to see changes to “public calls for tenders by increasing the rating devoted to sustainable development for more local economy”.
These themes are not new and are added to other major issues, such as access to healthcare or access to public services. All the proposals do not find the same echo in the political campaign that is opening up either, since regional and departmental competences are more important on certain subjects than others. Despite everything, these shared ideas serve as a reminder that general issues, as well as possible solutions, can be translated very concretely in our territories.
The diversity of the municipalities of the contributors shows, in any case, that many questions are shared between different areas of life. Sometimes even if it means constituting repetitions in the eyes of some: “We must above all improve communication, because, on reading the proposals, there are already many actions carried out but little known”, ironically Emmanuelle, near Ploërmel (56 ).
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