The arrival of Google in Feluy makes Ecaussinnes react

An announcement with great fanfare was made this Friday evening on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Google site in Saint-Ghislain. While the latter continues to develop, Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister, and Frédéric Descamps, Google Data Center Lead, announced the establishment of a new site within the Feluy zoning. On the side of Ecaussinnes, political reactions quickly made themselves heard. While the mayor, Xavier Dupont, is delighted with this arrival, Sébastien Deschamps, a member of the opposition, has more reservations.

We have just acquired 36 hectares of land in the Feluy zone. It was owned by IDEA with whom we have a long-standing collaboration. This new site will allow us to diversify our presence in Belgium according to the requests of our users.“, announced Frédéric Descamps, Google Data Center Lead.

An announcement which Xavier Dupont, mayor of Ecaussinnes, was able to attend and rejoice. “Google’s new Data Center will be set up in the industrial zone, more precisely at rue de la Ghellerée on the last unoccupied land of IDEA. Its president, Jacques Gobert, recalled its importance in the context of economic development in the heart of Hainaut., he says. “The arrival of Google will offer the opportunity to create, initially, nearly 200 jobs. I am delighted to welcome a technological group of this renown to Ecaussinnes and I am convinced that its arrival will be positive for all the inhabitants of the town and the region.”

On the side of the opposition councilor, Sébastien Deschamps, more reservations are expressed as to the benefits of the establishment of Google in Feluy. “Where some are delighted with the arrival of Google in Ecaussinnes, there is reason to be at the very least vigilant”, he confides. “Google is an energy-intensive company. Only a deaf and a blind will not make the link between the arrival of this company on our territory and the high voltage line project. Ecaussinnes wants to keep its rural and country aspect. The health of citizens is priceless…”

Opinions are therefore more than mixed after a few days of this unexpected announcement. Citizens will no doubt also form their own opinion on the matter.

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