2008 Annual Report
Peace and security in public areas
In Nantes, improvements to the urban environment are taking place via the implementation of the major focuses defined by the City in terms of:
- Combating noise pollution;
- Cleanliness in public areas;
- Road safety;
- Maintaining peace and quiet in public parks and gardens;
- Regulations on dangerous dogs;
- Dealing with wrecked and incorrectly parked vehicles;
- Running sporting and festive events.
The preventive work carried out upstream by the City services has ensured a reduction in the number of offences recorded by the municipal police, the stabilisation of the number of offences recorded by the Brigade de contrôle nocturne (night-time security patrols) and the number of complaints received by the town hall. The reorganisation of community policing which was carried out within the municipal police has enabled resources to be more effectively targeted towards problems affecting public peace and quiet, whilst also ensuring that recurring problems in every sector can be followed up better. Educational activities in terms of road safety now form a permanent part of the secondary school curriculum in order to make adolescents (year 8 and 9 equivalent) more aware of the risks on the roads.
In Nantes everything possible is done to ensure that inhabitants get on well with each other, as this is in everyone’s interest. Four senior managers together cover the districts and subjects that require special attention, such as relationships with victims, mediation and social control, access to legal support, specialised prevention or even prosecution. In this respect a team on the ground, comprising four street mediators, is responsible for defusing tensions between users of public areas in Nantes city centre. Whenever possible homeless people are directed towards the appropriate organisations or services, which will take care of them and reintegrate them socially.
This year saw the ending of the correspondants de nuit (night correspondents) scheme, and its replacement by “district mediators”: 20 people are involved in 5 areas which have been identified as being of relevance to the City policy, and are on the spot 5 days out of 7 to undertake the tasks of prevention, mediation and regulation of public areas.
The City of Nantes ensures that both festive events and those of a financial nature are well run. For this, permits have to be obtained from the town hall. In 2008, 665 events were the subject of by-laws. The two types of events which continue to give rise to the greatest number of by-laws are the printemps des voisins (neighbourhood spring events) and vides greniers (car boot sales).
In commercial terms the City has taken over the control of the bric-a-brac markets and wine markets on the place Viarme. Open-air markets have grown, with an 11% increase in registered traders. The town hall monitors major events and deals with any malfunctions or possible nuisance which may occur as a result.
The roadside parking objectives tend to encourage parking by visitors by providing suitable parking facilities, so as to make it easier for residents and travelling professionals and to limit parking by commuters.
The new parking plan put in place in 2005 has been translated into an increase in the area available for parking. In 2008, the Metropolis of Nantes and the City supported the development of alternative means of transport instead of the use of private cars (car sharing and bicloo bike hire). And to meet the needs of the professionals in the retail areas, new blue zones have been established and extended (19 additional spaces).
It is the responsibility of the City to prevent the major risks which the residents of Nantes may incur in both public and private areas, and to come to their aid in the event of incidents.
In 2008, the focus was on prevention in terms of:
- the general public, with the updating of the section on public preparedness for emergencies on the Internet site www.nantes.fr;
- schoolchildren, with the project involving the booklet “Les risques majeurs et moi” (Major risks and me), the presentation of risks and on-site visits;
- the staff of Nantes state schools, with training provided on “Risques majeurs et Plan Particulier de Mise en Sûreté” (Major risks and individual safety plans).
In the context of the Plan Communal de Sauvegarde (Communal Protection Plan), 704 voluntary staff were recruited to test the reliability of the telephone alert networks and estimate the staff participation rate in the event of a real alert.
In 2008, there was a 47% drop in adverse reports by the buildings safety commission for buildings used by the public.
Markets in figures
14 open air and covered markets
84% of market traders are registered.
Ensuring peace and quiet
53% fewer offences of unauthorised fly posting and fly tipping compared with 2007.
222 vehicles and motorcycles checked during 2008, which brought to light 79 non-conformities with the regulations on noise levels.
Protecting the population against risks
55% reduction in emergency accommodation following incidents compared with 2007.