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Hospitality industry is responding massively after bankruptcy Cesar: All cars beneath the ground is a utopia
Kortrijk the bankruptcy of the well-known French brasserie Cesar on the Big Market hit last weekend in like a bomb. The responses are massive. “There is however a parking problem in Kortrijk. All the cars underground is a utopia”, Rubben The Bishop of Pubstone, owner of restaurants and pubs, Cesar, Café Leffe and Bar des Amis on the main Market square and the Nude in the Casinoplein. The city council of Kortrijk sends the parking policy. Thus, it is the intention of all above-ground parking spaces in the city centre, be smart.

“We believe in Kortrijk and will continue to invest in the city, but parking policy does not work,” says Rubben The Bishop (38) from Heule. He is a property manager Pubstone, a subsidiary of Cofinimmo, an investment in rental property destined for real estate. “Who, without the stress of shopping, the shop&go places free for a maximum of 30 minutes parking. And all the cars under the ground and concentrate more on cycling to the centre is a nice thought, but most of all a utopia. It scares people off. I realize that it is in the field of parking policies seek to strike a balance, where you with everyone in our society must take into account. But the balance is lost. I guarantee you: the water is a lot of bar owners to the lips in the heart of Kortrijk,” said The Bishop.

I guarantee you: the water is a lot of bar owners to the lips in the heart of Kortrijk.

Rubben The Bisscop
Eat & go

Rubben The Bishop is far from alone with his critique. Thus, there is a letter in the direction of town hall left, signed by almost all the catering managers to the reduced Leieboorden. They highlight their complaints later, but it's definitely going to get also about parking and accessibility. Some restaurateurs set up in the centre again ‘eat & go’. A parking area with sensors, where you in the afternoon between roughly 12 and 14 hours free of charge for a maximum of two hours and needed to go to lunch. That will see the city council shall not, however, sit. “I think it is mainly for still more confusion would be sure”, says Vincent Van Quickenborne (Team Mayor).

Everywhere smart parking

What not means that the city council sits still. So looking at all above-ground parking spaces in the centre to cleverly create, with sensors. “The shop&go places, and the bewonersparkeerplaatsen continue”, says ships of Mobility Axel Weydts (sp.a). “On the other surface places is intended to be a maximum of two hours parking. To be even more rotation to get, but paying. How we exactly roll out, for within a few months. It is still in discussion currently.” There is still more to come, also about how you motorists even more "force" to get to the underground car parks to drive: “There is a campaign, more about that later,” says Weydts. In the corridors of the town hall we hear that the intention is to underground parking financially even more attractive in comparison with above ground parking. “Once you as a driver take the step to the underground parking, you will always be satisfied,” says Axel Weydts. “Your car will be safe, sheltered from all weather conditions and you can't parking tickets.”

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