Opposition grows against the construction of the artificial island of Copenhagen
Mayors of small towns in Denmark and Sweden think it can be disastrous for the marine environment
One of Denmark’s biggest development projects in its history is already underway, with the construction of an artificial island, Lynetteholm, in the port area of Copenhagen. The long process of its completion has the year 2070 as its horizon, but a month after its official start, it is already attracting serious controversy.
Adding to the cost estimate the misfortunes already pointed out by LeMaire.EU, there is also a considerable voice of concern from small coastal communities in southern Øresund, the body of water that separates Denmark and Sweden. Municipal leaders believe that the marine environment would be irreparably damaged.
Was it a hasty decision?
Despite the fine rhetoric surrounding the promotion of the construction project as the creation of a new residential district of the future, which will be built according to sustainable principles, not everyone is convinced that it holds up.
Already last year, when the Danish parliament passed the green light bill for the island, protests took place outside the building, organized by climate activists. The environmental NGO Klimabevaegelsen (Climate Movement) led the action against the authorities threatening to sue them.
However, it turns out today that the association is bowing out because it does not have the financial means to continue the long legal battles, especially if they end up losing. The mayors of the coastal municipalities are disappointed with this turn of events because they feel they are losing an important partner. However, they intend to continue to challenge the decision.
“It’s really bad news because it’s also an expression that Lynetteholm has come to stay,said Pernille Beckmann, Mayor of Greve to TV2 ØST, continuing: “When an organization like the Climate Movement chooses to stop its fight to stop construction, it is a symptom that there is nothing to defend in this part, and that is, I think, a shame .”
His colleagues from the municipalities located on Køge Bay agree. Their concerns stem from the fact that the construction company plans to discharge the mud, dug during the preparation of the base of the island, into the waters of the bay. Mayors believe that putting the substance out of sight in the sea does not eliminate the problem and in fact creates new ones as it threatens the existence of marine animals, such as dolphins.
“I would have liked to see the project put on hold until we knew all the risks of the construction. I also think that the city of Copenhagen and the Folketing owe it to the municipalities of Køge Bay,commented Anette Mortensen, Mayor of the Municipality of Stevns.
Now it’s a cross-border problem
Moreover, the issue has taken on an international dimension since small Swedish towns across the Sound have expressed similar concerns about construction.
Velling Mayor Carina Wutzler has written to both the Swedish government and Copenhagen City Hall about the potential environmental risk that may arise from this major construction project.
She identified the following three areas that can be negatively impacted in the long term:
- Spread of sediments and pollutants that can harm the sea and nature as well as the rich and unique fauna of the municipality;
- The change in flow in the strait can affect the marine environment, marine life and erosion along our coasts;
- Tourism and business are highly vulnerable to the impact of the promontory which retains its unique nature on land and in the sea.