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€27m plan to improve quality of life in Marolles

21:20 11/02/2018

The City of Brussels has approved a €27 million spending plan to make improvements to the Marolles neighbourhood over five years.

New green spaces, 33 new homes, a creche and the renovation of the Place du Jeu de Balle are among the projects that will benefit from the funding.

About €1 million will go towards improving cleanliness and €2 million has been set aside for training opportunities, in an area where youth unemployment is as high as 40%.

"You might sometimes think that the Marolles district has become a gentrified neighbourhood," said Brussels mayor Philippe Close. "But it's not the case. Scratch the surface and there are real pockets of poverty that we must act upon immediately."

Some of the initiatives will be put out to a public consultation which is due to begin straight after the half-term holidays.