The three Vert Marine swimming pools in Seine-Saint-Denis are gradually lifting their heads above water. Shortly after the official reopenings on the side of Clichy-sous-Bois and Gagny, respectively on September 12 and 15, it is the turn of the aquatic center Le Canyon, in Épinay-sur-Seine, to reopen its doors to the public this Thursday. School children will be able to find the pools at the beginning of next week.
The three facilities had been closed by the private delegate on September 5. A decision taken, in all, for around thirty establishments in France and which Vert Marine has justified by the current explosion in the costs of energy, electricity and gas. According to the company, its energy bill has gone from “15 to 100 million euros”, an amount which represents “its annual turnover”. Vert Marine announced this week the reopening of all establishments by the end of next week.
No agreement has been reached between Vert Marine and the city
Faced with this economic headache, negotiations were conducted by the delegate city by city. But in Épinay-sur-Seine, Vert Marine has agreed to reopen when no agreement has been reached with the town hall.
Unlike Clichy-sous-Bois, for example, where the municipality (DVG) has agreed to cover part of the expected equipment deficit (i.e. 150,000 euros), that of Épinay-sur-Seine says it has obtained the reopening of its swimming pool “without any conditions for the city”.
“There is no agreement on anything”, announces the mayor (without label) Hervé Chevreau, this Wednesday. Rather than financial compensation, the city rather wishes to work on the “search for savings”. “We are working in particular on the possibility of buying back energy at a price lower than that paid by Vert Marine today,” continues the elected official. At this stage, nothing has been concluded yet but the work will continue. »
The expected additional cost for Le Canyon is around 350,000 euros until the end of the calendar year, or around 100,000 euros per month. “We would like the State to also engage on this subject with the communities, further warns Hervé Chevreau. We already know that it will be very difficult in the coming weeks and months with this energy crisis. »