The mayor of Fontaine, Pierre Fieter has just heard the news after several months of uncertainty: “I just got the dates for the investigation into the construction of the new industrial cells in the air park. It starts on December 5, 2022.”
The mayor is reassured, because his plan to set up Amazon had failed, following a court decision. It is therefore replaced by the creation of six logistics units for local businesses in place. But he remains worried about the economic future of his Terrifortain village. “For the moment, no one has contacted me to reserve a place, I don’t know if we will reach the thousand jobs promised by Amazon.“
A victory for the anti-Amazon
Environmental associations are thrilled. Friends of the Earth is actively fighting against the American e-commerce giant. “This victory will serve as jurisprudence in the future” enthuses Etienne Coubard, in charge of mobilization of the association. “But the decision must go further, it is political. We reached an agreement with Vailog, which is managing the construction of the future warehouse, but the project does not correspond to the energetic sobriety sought at the moment.“
On May 31, Friends of the Earth, France Environnement 90 and Vailog reached a agreement before the Administrative Court of Besançon.
Amazon’s project for a single mega center is abandoned, in favor of the construction of industrial cells of up to 12,000 square meters. Activists pledge not to go against this projectif these warehouses are intended for local logistics.
Amazon and Fontaine, a chaotic story
Because in two years, Amazon has seen all the colors in the Territoire de Belfort. In 2020, the company is applying for the construction of a center of 76,000 meters. The town hall of Fontaine, Greater Belfort and the Prefecture of the Territory of Belfort acceptbut surrounding municipalities and environmental associations refuse the project of the American giant, known for its precarious working conditions and its propensity to pollute. Movements are then organized against the center
and go to court.
As a result, the environmental associations Les Amis de la Terre, France Environnement 90, “La-Chapelle-sous-Rougemont”, “Living well in the village” and the municipalities of Larivière and Angeot pose a appeal to challenge the building permitbecause it does not respond to ecological standards. Victoire, Vailog and Fontaine were even ordered to pay fines of €1,500 for having accepted Amazon’s project in the first instance.
The mayor of Fontaine, Pierre Fieter, will obviously pay, but he remains doubtful about the fight of environmentalists. “I understand for the pollution and the nuisance linked to the passage of trucks. But the new project is also polluting and jobs are no longer guaranteed.“
The fight between employment and ecology is still unresolved.