The mayor of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve had tried a month ago to educate secondary students of the municipality to respect health measures when they find themselves in Louvain-la-Neuve, via a letter that was sent to them. address. An approach that was intended to be informative and educational.
But the return of sunny days was again accompanied by overflows. And following reinforced controls on the shores of Lake Louvain-la-Neuve, it seems that the gatherings have moved throughout the pedestrian area of the university campus. The police must also intervene in the Parc de la Source, on the Grand-Place, but also in more remote places such as the courtyard of the Lycée Martin V or the courtyard of the Ferme du Biéreau. If the young people gathered during the week are mainly higher education students, on Fridays, it is rather students from secondary schools in the municipality, from neighboring municipalities, or even from Gembloux or Brussels, who meet there.
Faced with these alcoholic gatherings, where social distancing is no longer respected, and the noise pollution they generate, the mayor decided on Monday to issue a new police order prohibiting the possession and consumption of alcohol to under 16 in the whole of Louvain-la-Neuve. It justifies this decision in particular by numerous overflows that have occurred recently: noise, throwing of bottles, fights, scuffles, attacks, rebellions, fires in garbage cans, degradation of railway infrastructure, attacks against train attendants …
A measure that occurs, while the governor of the province has decided not to extend his decree prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on public roads, which ended on Monday.
The burgomaster’s decree is applicable until July 2. Julie Chantry specifies in her decree that the measure could be adopted again during the summer months if the phenomenon recurs.