Students, employees, new residents…they have chosen to settle in Lunel

They work here, study in Montpellier or have recently lived in the city of Pescalune. They explain the reasons for their choice. Testimonials.

The municipality has chosen, this year, to focus its communication on the concept: “Lunel, the quarter-hour city”. This is reflected in particular by the dissemination of the wishes for 2022 on the City’s social networks, this Saturday, January 15, very precisely at 3:15 p.m.

This axis of communication aims in fact to promote the attractiveness of the City by highlighting, this year, an undeniable geographical asset: Lunel is located a quarter of an hour by train from the two main cities of the region: Montpellier and Nîmes. and less than a quarter of an hour by car from the coast.

Here is a graphic summary that embodies the centrality of the Lunello territory between Nîmes and Montpellier. Concentric circles allow you to see where to travel 15 minutes by train, car and where the distance is 15 km from Lunel.

Assets that weigh more or less in the choices made by the four witnesses we asked.

1 Jules Dreyfus, film student in Montpellier

It is by obligation, “but without regret”, that Jules Dreyfus now lives in Lunel and finds the benches of the Paul-Valéry university in Montpellier every day, where he studies cinema. “For material reasons, I came to live with my father who was living here. I have been here since the summer of 2020”, explains the young man of 20 years, who then shared a roommate in the Hérault prefecture.

Jules Dreyfus.

Jules Dreyfus.

“I don’t miss it. In Lunel, I found a quieter environment to study, away from city noise and cramped rooms.” If Jules is also satisfied to be able to take the train very regularly during the day to go to class, he still notes a small problem: “What would be perfect is for there to be more trains in the evening after 9 p.m. From this schedule, there is nothing. It’s a shame if you want to go out in the evening at Nîmes or Montpellier.”

2. Laure and Yoann Chauveau, new Lunello residents

They signed their deed of purchase for a small house in the north of Lunel last summer. Apart from the proximity of their in-laws, nothing predestined Yoann and Laure Chauveau, 35 and 37, to settle in Lunel. “We lived in Aimargues and we wanted to buy something before we had our baby, says Laura. But I admit that I didn’t want to hear about Lunel.”

Laura and Yoann Chauveau.

Laura and Yoann Chauveau.

Eventually, the couple found a home that suits them perfectly. “It was cheaper than in the Gard. We are next to the motorway which is ideal for me who has to work in Castelnau and Nîmes and for my husband who works in Gignac.” Less than six months after settling in, Laure is even revising her judgment of the city: “I had known Lunel 18 years ago, it has really changed, and when I do my shopping in the city center, I tell myself that we made the right choice.”

3. Claudio Galleri, works in Lunel and lives in Nîmes

It was a carefully considered choice made by the curator of the Médard museum in September 2015 when he chose to come and work in Lunel. “I didn’t want to settle in a city that was also my place of work. I consider that it has advantages not to be at your place of work all the time, but I didn’t want my place of residence either. was too far away and above all, public transport had to be present.”

Claudius Galleri

Claudius Galleri

So Claudio Galleri chose to live in Nîmes. Since 2015, almost every day, he takes the train at 8:15 a.m. in Nîmes and returns home after 6 p.m. “From door to door, I hardly have half an hour of journey, 40 minutes when there are problems.” This choice of life allows him, he says “to explore Lunel during my lunch breaks, to take advantage of the cycle paths”, a city whose positioning he emphasizes “close to a lot of destinations, an average city that offers essential services.”

4. Amandine Modelon, employee at the tourist office

Since 2018, Amandine Modelon has been familiar with the Montpellier-Lunel route. Originally from Clapas, the 26-year-old young woman is not ready to abandon her hometown. However, she did not hesitate to accept the position offered to her within the tourist office (OT) of the Pays de Lunel.

Amandine Modelon.

Amandine Modelon.

“I am 15 minutes from my work while being able to stay “at home”, she is satisfied. Moreover, via the subscription to the train, it is financially very interesting and respectful of the environment. A winning formula on several levels.” A comfort of life which the travel advisor within the Tourist Office does not intend to put an end to.

Seen from Montpellier: “A past, projects that connect our cities”

He knows the city of Lunel well. And he often comes there to share good times and toast with his friends settled here. Suffice to say that for the mayor of Montpellier, the city of Pescalune is not a distant unknown.

On the contrary even. “With Pierre Soujol, we have already seen each other a few times”, testifies Michaël Delafosse, who likes to go to this city “which seems well launched in its development and which really dares its metamorphosis”.

A metamorphosis that the history professor at the helm of La Surdouée intends to concretize by inviting Lunel to the stand of the Métropole de Montpellier during the next International Market for Real Estate Professionals (Mipim) in Cannes, in the spring.

But before this promotional trip, the two mayors should meet to discuss “still this historical past, in particular medicine, and the projects which undeniably link our two cities”.

Seen from Nîmes: “A card to play with this centrality”

The mayor of Nîmes, Jean-Paul Fournier remembers that at the time, when he was the boss of an advertising company, “Lunel residents were part of my clientele. Today, it seems to be a city that lives good but with image problems”, he underlines.

The chosen one admits that he has not come to the Pescalune city for a long time despite the numerous invitations from the various mayors: “I go to Lunel but I do not stop there.”

The Nîmes especially remembers that 20 years ago, then regional councilor, he defended the establishment of a TGV station in Lunel: “The proposal did not succeed because Frêche wanted its station and today, Nîmes and Montpellier each have their TGV station which is not working. In my opinion, this territory, Vidourle and Petite Camargue, still has a card to play with this central location.”

Seen from La Grande-Motte: “Collaboration on essential subjects”

“Lunel is a city that challenges, believes the mayor of La Grande-Motte. It is undoubtedly the capital of the Petite Camargue and traditions, but it unfortunately suffered from a devaluing image.”

Stéphan Rossignol speaks of “unfounded a priori” comparable to the prejudices once suffered by his city “with this false idea of ​​a concrete city for tourist use only.” On this point, he says he has “full confidence in the work undertaken by the municipality so that Lunel finds the place it deserves.”

The mayor insists on “the undeniable proximity” between the two cities and lists the links, already numerous: “The greenway, the future 2×2 lanes which will allow a more secure and adapted connection between the coast and the Lunellois…”

And at the level of intermunicipalities, the president of the Pays de l’Or emphasizes “collaboration on essential subjects such as employment, environmental protection, hydrological risk management or waste management.”

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