The plenary of the local planning and construction committee decided to approve the plans for Yizhak
The plenary of the local planning and construction committee decided to approve the plans for Yizhak Elhanan Gimmel and the ‘Mesila’ artery.
Dear residents and supporters of Neve Tzedek,
Yesterday another important chapter was played out in the struggle of the residents of Neve Tzedek for future of the area
Following a stormy debate, the plenary of the local planning and construction committee decided to approve the ‘Yitzhak Elhanan Gimmel’ plan and the ‘Mesila’ artery plan by a vote of 13 to 10 (see details of the vote at the end of this letter). This decision was taken without the participation of the residents and without holding a debate on a planning alternative that could be accepted by all sides.
Some 150 people, residents of Neve Tzedek and supporters from the Florentin and Noga neighbourhoods came to express their determined opposition to the wild construction plans the municipality is pushing through. The committee chairman, Doron Sapir, tried to prevent the residents from entering the debate which by law is defined as “open debate”. Only after this decision was hotly contested were a number of residents allowed into the debate.
From the outset our demands have been extremely basic - a comprehensive plan for the area that would take into consideration the needs of the residents (both existing and future) and that would fall in line with practice in developed cities throughout the world. Political considerations lay behind the decision of some members of the city council to adopt the municipality’s patchwork plan. What they decided in practice was to advance the massive, unplanned construction of towers around the neighbourhood, to throttle the area by means of a ring of multi-lane roads that will inject tens of thousands of cars into Tel Aviv and to demolish the only school that could have served the children of a neighbourhood suffering from a severe lack of educational institutions.
We may have lost this battle but we will win this campaign.
Your firm support for the residents’ action committee/NPO for Neve Tzedek is the fuel that will power the struggle. With your help, we will pursue every possible avenue to fight against these plans: by submitting appeals and oppositions, by petitioning the High Court of Justice, through demonstrations and by enlisting public support. We will soon be submitting an appeal to the district planning committee against the Yitzhak Elhanan plan. Regarding the ‘Mesila’ plan, we intend to submit oppositions to each tower separately when the plans are brought to the district planning committee for discussion and approval.
We would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to attend the debate and all those who are contributing their energies and money to finance the struggle. This is lengthy process that demands determination and stamina. If we continue to act together - we can win.
Permit us to quote from the researcher Margaret Mead whose determined struggle saved the African gorillas from extinction: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Residents for Neve Tzedek
How they voted:
Opposed the plan:
Meretz – Meital Lahavi and Tami Zandberg
Greens – Pe’er Visner, Dan Lahat and Hana Tamir
Ir Lekulanu – Rachel Gilad, Aharon Maduel, Yael Ben Yefet and Yoav Goldring
Supported the plan:
Huldai’s faction - Doron Sapir, Shmuel Mizrachi, Yael Dayan
Likud – Arnon Giladi
Beged – Shmuel Gefen
Alon Soler, Asaf Zamir, Yaniv Weizman – Ha-tze’irim faction
Shas – Binyamin Babiyov
Pensioners – Natan Wolloch, Moshe Tiompkin
Gad – Naftali Lubert