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Citizens’ Consultation Laakkwartier

We are switching to sustainable energy in the Netherlands. For example, energy from wind farms and solar panels. This means that we are going to adapt our neighbourhoods and homes to these new sources of energy. We will also be active in your neighbourhood. The Municipality of The Hague would like to discuss this with you.

Invitation

The Municipality of The Hague has selected you to help think about climate change. What do you worry about when you think about climate change? What do you think the municipality should do in your neighbourhood? The municipality is asking for your advice!

Climate change

The climate is changing. The summers are getting hotter and the winters less cold. Drought, the number of storms and sudden rainfall have all increased. The consequences thereof are also noticeable in The Hague.

One of the reasons for climate change is the energy we use. Our use of gas, coal and oil causes CO2 emissions. Too much CO2 in the air causes major changes in the climate.

This is why we need to save energy and why we are switching to sustainable energy in the Netherlands. For example, energy from wind farms, solar panels and heat from the earth. This means that we are going to adapt our neighbourhoods and homes to these new sources of energy. The Municipality of The Hague is asking for your help.

Give advice to the municipality

There are many different people and opinions. It is important that everyone is heard. That is why the municipality is organising a citizens’ consultation in your neighbourhood. The citizens’ consultation is formed by a group of residents who together give advice to the Municipal Council.

You do not need to know about the municipality or climate change to take part. You discuss the subject from your experience as a resident of the neighbourhood.

To thank you for your participation in the citizens’ consultation, you will receive a voucher at the end for a nice outing with your family or friends.

Questions and information

Do you have any other questions or need help with your application? Please call the customer contact centre of the municipality at 14070. It can be reached from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm. Or send an e-mail to burgerberaden@denhaag.nl.

We hope to see you at the Citizens’ Consultation!

Frequently asked questions

What does the process look like?

The citizens’ consultation is divided into two phases. We personally invite you to register for phase 1 of the citizens’ consultation.

Phase 1

  1. A randomly selected group of residents will receive an invitation. Anyone interested can register via a website. A group of 90 people is selected by lot.
  2. For this group, we will organise two meetings in your neighbourhood on two different dates. You can choose the date that suits you best. The meeting will take place at a nice location in the neighbourhood and include a free dinner.
  3. At this meeting, you will determine together which climate change topics are important and which you think should be discussed further. At the end of the meeting, you will give advice on this.
  4. You also indicate whether you are interested in further discussions in phase 2 with a smaller group of people who will advise the municipality.

Phase 2

  1. In phase 2, we will draw 30 people from the group that applied during phase 1. This group will continue to discuss the topics proposed during phase 1.
  2. This group will meet 3 times in total. The meetings will take place at a nice location in the neighbourhood and include a free dinner.
  3. As a group, you will give advice on what the municipality can do to combat climate change in the neighbourhood. This advice will be submitted to the Municipal Council.

How are participants selected?

The municipality has invited residents at random. This allows us to reach a diverse group of residents. Of the residents who respond to this invitation, 90 participants will be drawn to participate in phase 1 of the citizens’ consultation. If you are one of the 90 participants, you will receive all practical information upon confirmation of participation.

Would you like to continue the conversation after phase 1? Then you can register for phase 2. 30 participants will be drawn from all the residents who register for phase 2.

If you respond to this invitation but are not part of the final selection, you can still give your opinion to the citizens’ consultation. To this end, visit www.duurzamestad.denhaag.nl/wijk/burgerberaad-vragenlijst to give your advice.

What will be done with the advice?

At the end of the meeting, you will give an individual opinion stating which topics you think are important when it comes to combating climate change. These topics will be further discussed in phase 2 of the citizens’ consultation by a smaller group of 30 participants. These 30 participants arrive at a joint opinion that is presented to the Municipal Council.

How much time will I need to devote?

The meeting takes place at a nice location in your neighbourhood and will last 4 hours. You can choose between 2 dates. If you register from phase 2 of the citizen’s consultation, you will attend 3 meetings. These meetings will also take 4 hours each. Please take 1 hour for these meetings to prepare properly.

Will I be compensated for my efforts and participation?

If you participate in phase 1 of the citizen consultation, you will receive a voucher for two people to go climbing in the Uithof or to go to the movies. You are free to choose. If you also participate in phase 2, you will receive a voucher for 4 people to go to Drievliet or Madurodam. Again, you are free to choose.

What about my privacy?

We will store your personal data until the meetings. After that, they are destroyed. Furthermore, we do not publish, share or store the data of the registrations.

May I give the invitation to someone else?

No. This is a personal invitation. You should not give the invitation to anyone else.

Can I bring someone?

Yes, you may bring someone along for support. For example, someone to help you walk or someone to translate the information for you. This person will not be allowed to give advice.

Can I get help to participate?

Yes. If you need anything extra to take part in the meeting, such as transport, an interpreter or child care, please indicate this on the application form. Then we will help you find a solution. We will pay any additional costs for you.

What can I do to prepare?

We will send you more information before the meeting. It would be nice if you read it before the meeting. At the meeting, we make sure that everyone can give their opinion.

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