‘Enough potential for De Kompenije’

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JUBBEGA In October this year, much should be clear about the future of the village center De Kompenije in Jubbega. Plans are being made on several fronts. The Kompenije 2.0 working group sees plenty of opportunities. Kompenije as the village’s busy living room is approaching step by step.

They have met every Wednesday afternoon since April. The seven members of the Kompenije 2.0 working group involved residents of Jubbega and Hoornsterzwaag, who are studying how to move forward with De Kompenije. A mixture of people who have long ago made an effort for the village center and relative immigrants who are not ‘burdened’ with the past. “We take a fresh look, without existing frameworks,” says Margriet Appeldorn, one of the members of the working group.

The working group regularly consults with a sounding board group, and there is also an action group. At the same time, the external agency Antea, commissioned by Heerenveen municipality, is looking at the current ownership structure in De Kompenije and the associated finances. After the summer, everything had to be brought together in a series of future scenarios.

Big shortage

De Kompenije has been in financial difficulties for years, with an annual deficit of approximately 80,000 euros. It is a result of the social development, but also of the rental construction in 2010. Stichting De Kompenije rents part of the building from Accolade and sublets it to tenants. “However, the long-term rental obligations are at odds with the declining short-term rental income,” says Taco Hendriksz from the working group. On a daily basis, he helps companies in financial difficulties. “So I’m in the right place here. He looks soberly at the numbers and sees lots of opportunities. “A new rental building should alleviate the financial pains significantly. And if De Kompenije is the intended busy heart of the village, the catering industry can make a significant contribution to the utilization. “

According to the working group, the busy village heart is not that far away. They see De Kompenije as a village square and living room in one. “The local lie bank must stop here”, explains Anneke Lukkes, head of De Kompenije. The new board must facilitate that meeting place. Hendriksz: “In a construction that can be used for at least the next ten years. Continuity is key.”

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The working group sees De Kompenije as a meeting place where meeting, networking and entrepreneurship are central. For and by residents; with volunteers where possible and with professionals where necessary. And a lot is already happening in De Kompenije, concludes the working group. In their eyes, De Kompenije is not at all in too big a coat, as the image outside sometimes is.

Appeldorn: “The jacket doesn’t have to be smaller, but we have to fill the jacket better.” According to the working group, the fact that all theater associations in the village now have De Kompenije as their home base is a first step.

In addition, the working group sees opportunities by responding better to social developments such as tackling loneliness, activating people and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Themes that the governments must do something about, and for which there is also money. Heerenveen municipality has already announced that they are looking into whether more municipal services can be accommodated in De Kompenije.

Appeldorn: “At the same time, people are looking for other ways to spend their free time, which is partly at the expense of associations that have existed for a long time. Although it may be in a different way, people want to keep meeting each other. There are opportunities there.”

The working group has noticed that the ‘residents’ of De Kompenije function too much like islands, often invisible to the outside world. The working group believes that this is due, among other things, to the design of the building. An architect and interior designer from the village is now selflessly looking at what adaptations are necessary and possible to better emphasize the intended central village heart. Hendriksz: “It is up to the new organization to facilitate that connection between users.”

The working group will publish a report in the autumn that contains scenarios, including financial justification. Then the external investigation must also be ready and everything can be presented to the city council in Heerenveen at the same time. Until the future is clear, Heerenveen municipality will provide a financial guarantee for De Kompenije. In addition to Appeldorn, Hendriksz and Lukkes, the working group consists of Tine Bijstra, Trudy van der Baan, Stefan Spiering and Harry Posthuma.

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