Is Eindhoven’s skyline about to change?
CDA, the Christian Democratic Appeal, is a Christian political party in the Netherlands. They have expressed concerns recently about plans to construct several high-rise buildings in Eindhoven’s city centre. ‘At this moment, towers are being drawn and plans are being made, and this is being done without thinking,’ says CDA member, Rob Gordon.
CDA is afraid that Eindhoven’s character will disappear as the high-rise buildings spring up. ‘The eight high towers of Catharina church really give you the feeling that you are entering Eindhoven. It is a shame to hide those towers,’ Gordon says.
On the other hand, Joost de Jong, a member of VVD, is in favour of the construction plans. VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie, or the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) is the largest political party in the Netherlands.
For de Jong, it is an ‘emotional discussion’ where ‘one likes it and the other doesn’t’. Yet he concludes that ‘buildings must be added to meet demand in the city’.
Both parties state that they wish to continue with their discussions until a joint solution is reached.
Translator and editor: Rachael Vickerman