Photo: Jaap Bakkker
The North Sea Canal Area Administrative Platform will be implementing measures to reduce disturbance in the area following the Quality of Life Survey it conducted among area residents earlier this year. The survey found that the impact of disturbance caused by the Port and local industry has not fundamentally altered residents’ perception of quality of life in their community. However, the Administrative Platform has decided to implement a number of targeted measures to reduce various types of disruption experienced by some residents.
Single Complaints Desk plus community meetings
The Quality of Life Survey revealed that it is not always clear to residents whom to contact regarding their various types of complaints. In an effort to counter this, the North Sea Canal Area Administrative Platform will be exploring options to establish a single complaints desk for reporting disturbance caused by the Port and local industry.
In addition, a series of meetings will be scheduled with residents to learn more about the types of disturbance involved. The feedback gathered from these community meetings will then be used to determine where the disturbance originates and whether something can be done to counter it.
‘Home-workplace distance’ conference
With housing demand in the North Sea Canal Area growing and the distance between people’s homes and workplaces set to shrink further as a result, it is important for both new and existing residents and businesses to receive reliable and up-to-date information on what to expect in terms of disturbance. At the same time, special homebuilding measures can be implemented, with local homes being built in such a way as to create high-quality living environments (for example, ensuring that bedrooms are located in the quiet part of a home), in addition to measures to offset the impact of disturbance.
The North Sea Canal Area Administrative Platform will be hosting a conference dedicated to these issues on 23 November 2017.
In districts where community meetings are held and measures are being implemented, residents will be re-surveyed regarding their perception of the local living environment.
The full Quality of Life Survey will be repeated after five years in order to be able to identify the latest developments in the area.
The North Sea Canal Administrative Area comprises the following entities: the local authorities of Amsterdam, Velsen, Beverwijk, Haarlemmerliede & Spaarnwoude and Zaanstad; Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV, Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V., Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V., the North Holland Provincial Authority, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).