Opponents of the data center in Flevoland municipality call the delayed action a “slap in the face”. “That doesn’t look right. I think it’s inappropriate,” CU Council member Eric van de Bild says from Zeewolde. His party colleague Peter Greenwiss in Parliament also called it “unheard of” and asked parliamentary questions. Grinwis finds it incomprehensible that the old college persisted until the day he was “severely punished by the elector for this irresponsible plan”.
According to a spokeswoman for Zeewolde’s municipality, the old council didn’t have much choice. “A year and a half ago, all members of the Municipal Council signed the commitment to make every effort to properly implement the decision-making process regarding the data center. CU and Leefbaar were also present. So you as a college cannot suddenly stop this process.”
Previous demonstration in front of Zeewold City Council.
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However, in The Hague, many politicians plan to block access to the hyperband data center in Zeewold, but also in other regions. “The results of the municipal elections in Zeewolde, with Mark Zuckerberg’s gigadata opponents — Leefbaar Zeewolde and CU — as the big winners, offer new prospects for getting the damned power consumers off the table,” Grinwis said.
Last Friday, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Spatial Planning) showed himself more clearly than ever in opposing this energy and space-consuming data fund. On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on a proposal in which many parties want to raise barriers to data center plans. Minister De Jonge previously blocked access to new data centers in the Netherlands, but not in places where they are already registered.
Winnie Prinze, a member of the Livable Zewold Council, hopes the resistance will now take off on a larger scale. The revised partition plan could be objected to, and the new council to be formed would undoubtedly support this opposition.
CU consultant Van de Beld from Zeewolde is also optimistic about the possibility of a data center shutdown. Either by the State Council or by the central government real estate agency that has not yet sold the land. Ukraine is burning. We need food and energy. No high-scale data center uses as much energy as 460,000 families.”
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