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Délegyháza

Délegyháza is a village of 3000 inhabitants in the southern agglomeration zone of Budapest, about 25 km from the capital's centre.

There used to be pebble quarries in the area, and some of these were transformed into a network of lakes, which now cover an area of over 300 hectares. These lakes, and the surrounding lands, became a major target for recreation and leisure development from the early 1980s. The effect of this is that the village currently has an artificial demographic. The original working class population of the old village has found itself cohabiting with people moving to the area for retirement, financial necessity or as a lifestyle choice. Another issue is the competing public and private interests regarding lake and land enhancement, for example the municipality has had some funding for environmental projects diverted. In many public areas the infrastructure has suffered from a lack of investment compared with ‘privatopias’, and basic improvements are required to ensure access to a number of lake entry points. Not only is it important to make sure the different communities in Délegyháza integrate with one another, but also that the area does not suffer from uncontrolled development to the local inhabitant’s detriment.
Closed pebble quarries were transformed into lakes and have been attracting a lot of newcomers since the 1980's.
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