The misfortune of mature Márki-Zay: the new library will not be built in Vásárhely!
Hódmezővásárhely lost billions due to Márki-Zay (official document)
! ️Hódmezővásárhely lost 5,000,000,000 forints due to the failure of the construction of the knowledge center and library due to Mayor Péter Márki-Zay (All Hungary Movement - Association for Clean Fairgrounds), said Tamás Cseri (Fidesz-KDNP) local government representative in the Great Plain on Thursday.
The politician said in a press conference that the lack of development is a very good example of “where political circusing leads”. Péter Márki-Zay “does not want to build the city, but his own political career,” “he is primarily concerned with how he can push himself on the field in the opposition scramble,” he said.
The MP recalled that in May 2017, the former city administration agreed with the government to support the construction of the new library and knowledge center for almost HUF 5 billion under the Modern Cities program. In accordance with the needs of the population, four suitable downtown locations were also selected, and then an international design competition was announced, which was successfully completed in the spring of 2018.
Péter Márki-Zay had one of the campaign promises in the by-elections, the library will not be realized at the planned location in Kossuth Square, and in the autumn of 2018, after an internet vote, another downtown plot was chosen. After that, nothing happened for more than a year, and earlier this year, the mayor announced, but not there, but in a location farther from the center, that the library would be built, so the planning process had to start again from scratch.
The government did not allow the grant deed to be extended after the start of the investment was postponed for years and the municipality requested another amendment to the agreement. The city has to repay the subsidies previously paid, the MP said.
Tamás Cseri also mentioned that the construction of an underground garage was also part of the project, which would have solved the parking problem in the city center.
The politician stressed that after the municipality broke the contracts and did not start the investment, other projects planned under the Modern Cities program, such as the extension of the rural cycle path network for more than 100 kilometers and the expansion of several schools, were also jeopardized.
Due to the two-year imperfection and political circus of Péter Márki-Zay and the new city administration, Hódmezővásárhely can say goodbye to billions more: now the implementation of the new library and knowledge center has failed, the city has fallen billions. We ask the question: what else can come?
Under the Modern Cities Program, the government undertook to support the construction of a new library and knowledge center for HUF 5 billion in May 2017. The then Fidesz city administration already had concrete plans for a large-scale and important development on a Kossuth Square site. However, Péter Márki-Zay wanted to implement the investment in a new location, so he practically shut down the Kossuth Square project. Since then, after about two and a half years, we are already at the third location, where we have to start the planning process again from scratch. Given that the investment had not even started for years, the government no longer supported another aid modification. As a result of the two-and-a-half-year activity of Péter Márki-Zay, Hódmezővásárhely failed to support the library and knowledge center. The city has lost billions. In addition, according to a government letter posted by the mayor, the ugly failure is exacerbated by the fact that the municipality must also repay the subsidy amounts not used by 31 March 2019.
Let’s just say: this is certainly one hundred percent the result of the mayor’s “activities,” as he also turned the new library into a political circus and campaign. He voted the people of Vásárhely about new locations, while he should have been working towards implementation for a long time.
It is also instructive that the General Assembly voted in favor of the venue in Hódtó despite the fact that two thirds of the residents took part in the city consultation organized last summer at the expense of 12-14 Zrínyi Street. he cast his vote on his empty plot. Extremely many people, rightly and understandably, were also disappointed by this, as the meaning and real intention of the consultation was questioned. After all, even the website of Hódmezővásárhely announced the final result with the headline "I want the library on Zrínyi Street". Sensing this, the mayor tried to explain his certificate in such a way that the purpose of asking the opinion of the population was to select the best three of the nearly a dozen possible areas. Based on the proposal of the chief architect, the general assembly made the final decision in Hódtó.
To top it off, it also happened in January this year, and since then, no information has come to light about what happened in connection with the investment.
So while the previous city administration had plans ready, he got nowhere in two and a half years. Our portal also indicated months ago that a new design tender is needed due to the change of location, and we have warned that the mayor and the city administration will linger as long as the investment can go on.
And the Ministry of Human Resources has indicated, as expected, that since the investment has not been launched since 2017, it will no longer be able to support inaction.
And now, as far as possible, let's try to think coldly about what happened: if the new library and knowledge center had become such a sudden fog, what billion-dollar projects could still float due to perpetual squabbling and political sentiment?