Début du combat : 15/12/2008

Combat porté par : Sylvain

In 2003, the town of Brétignolles-sur-Mer launched a construction project for a large marina on the bed of the Normandelière Stream in the area behind the dunes. This comes as a response to the high demand for marina mooring spaces all across France and it is expected to support economic development in the region. The project would cause numerous impacts on the coastline and the environment, including modifications to currents and the seabed, destruction of the marine fauna and flora, the rupture of the dune range to build a channel allowing boats access to the marina, the destruction of the wetland area and its biotope, the filling of ground water supplies, the destruction of geological rock strata with explosives, etc.

There was significant mobilisation against this project. Surfrider Foundation Europe stalls were run during cultural events such as the music festival ‘La 7e Vague’ (The 7th Wave). The Keeper and the Indre-et-Loire Chapter took advantage of this and other events to make people aware of environmental issues, and in particular the marina construction project. In cooperation with the association La Vigie, the Keeper participated in numerous demonstrations, one of which took the shape of a human chain on Normandelière Beach to symbolically visualise the planned port access channel, and how it would impact on the area. During the public consultations, Surfrider and the Keeper gave a detailed account of their arguments against this marina. We produced a complete dossier on the impacts of the project on water quality and health, and on the areas used for activities and leisure.

The 19th of December 2011 was an important date in the campaign as the public consultations commission issued a report against the project based on the arguments that we had provided. Surfrider, the Keeper and the Indre-et-Loire Chapter will remain vigilant until the project is abandoned for good.

Le Gardien

Sylvain is the responsible of SFE Indre-et Loire local chapter.


February 2009: A petition is launched online.

July 2009: The prefecture declares the case file to be inadmissible after its first examination on the grounds that it is incomplete.

August 2009: Informative meeting and demonstration against the project.

Summer 2010: Second examination of the case file, which is still declared to be inadmissible despite the modifications which had been made. Demonstration at the project site organised by La Vigie.  150 people form a human chain symbolising the channel which appears in the project draft for Normandelière Port.

April 2011: First meeting of the collective of associations (on the agenda: opposition strategies, allocation of responsibilities).

May 2011: The environmental authority of the Pays de la Loire Region delivers a very negative opinion on the project. The two Prefects disapprove of the project.

20th of June 2011 to 3rd of August 2011: Public inquiry.

June 2011: Organisation of another 'human channel'.

12th of July 2011: Participation in the public inquiry.

December 2011: The report by the investigating commission is unfavourable to the project.

7th of June 2013: In a press release, the Mayor and his team propose a new port project. La Vigie and the Prefect immediately place an appeal on the purchase of the farm land at La Normandelière.

Chronologie des faits

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