The system for activating and deactivating visitor’s parking in The Hague is about to change. The new registration system was introduced in Rustenburg-Oostbroek on 17 May 2016. Starting on Monday, 18 July residents of parking permit areas in the Archipelbuurt, Benoordenhout, Bezuidenhout, Heesterbuurt, Bloemenbuurt, Vruchtenbuurt and Mient to Volendamlaan can register and deregister their visitor parking online or by telephone.

The new registration system will be introduced in the remaining permit areas in The Hague on Monday, 5 September 2016. The Mensenrechtenbuurt (Houtwijk) will follow as of 3 October 2016.

Residents of Rustenburg-Oostbroek will no longer need a visitor’s pass. Instead the municipality will introduce a number plate parking system for visitors. This means they can activate and deactivate their parking session using their car’s number plate. If you do not live in Rustenburg-Oostenbroek or in the Mensenrechtenbuurt, then you can register your visitors in a different way.

Registering your visitors requires your registration number, PIN code and the car’s number plate. You can register your visitor’s number plate online or by telephone. You can find the instructions under Register and deregister visitor parking in Rustenburg-Oostbroek and Mensenrechtenbuurt.

You will no longer be able to use the visitor’s parking pass or parking permit for caregivers. Parking wardens will scan your visitor’s number plate to determine if it has been registered in the system. If the number plate has not been registered, your visitor could get a parking fine.

The number of hours of parking per year (parking credit) remains unchanged.
Unused parking hours cannot be carried over from year to year. They will automatically be cancelled at the end of the year. The start and end date of the permit year can be found under Extend parking permit.
The days and times paid parking is in effect can differ per street. Pay attention to where your visitors park and whether their parking session needs to be registered.

The new visitor’s parking system guarantees your visitor’s privacy. Information about number plates will be used only to check whether the car has paid for parking. The recorded data will be expunged a maximum of 48 hours after the parking session has been deactivated.

Look for more information at

1 July 2016,


On 20 April 2016 the Municipality announced that a temporary housing accomodation for status holders will be created at Sumatrastraat 215A. Status holders are refugees with a residence permit for 5 years; during these 5 years status holders are entitled to living accomodation. Starting August 2016 a group of 20 young adults, 18 years and older, will settle at Sumatrastraat 215A. Stichting Migrascoop will coach them. A caretaker will have the supervision, be responsible for the technical management and be the contact man for both status holders and neighbours.
The neighbours have been informed and were invited to a informative meeting on 27 May at ‘t Klokhuis. In a constructive atmosphere the Municipality and Stichting Migrascoop explained the plans for the housing and coaching of these young adults.

Stichting Migrascoop will be in charge of the coaching and training of the young people; the aim is integration and finding (volunteer) work for the status holders. At this moment it is not yet known who they will be. That partly depends on the asylum seekers’ centres.

Stichting Migrascoop is an independent foundation under the wing of the Stichting Anton Constandse (The Hague), a professional organisation that is active in the field of mental health care and protected living. In cooperation with the Municipality and “Vluchtelingenwerk” (refugee care) Stichting Migrascoop will offer the young people an intensive day-programme to help them integrate in The Hague as soon as possible. During the day a number of mentors from Migrascoop will be on location. In the evening they can be reached at a telephone number that will be made known. These mentors will be the first contact for the (near) neighbours. They will give support in practical matters like calling a general practicioner, applying for social security, finding a school or finding (volunteer) work. Besides “Vluchtelingenwerk” will organize workshops where groups of status holders will be informed about subjects like monetary matters, health care and integration.

 The house is now being renovated and about the beginning of August it will be ready for the new occupants who will arrive in small groups. The COA (central organisation for reception of asylum seeking persons)  brings refugees from various asylum seekers’ centres in contact with de Municipality of The Hague.
The building has four floors, each floor consists of a common livingroom, a kitchen and five bed/sitting rooms. In July 2016 the coaches will start making preparations so that from Tuesday 2 August 2016 the first occupants can move in.

When you would like to help the status holders who will live at this location you can register via denhaagdoet
On this Dutch website you can find volunteer work in the job information centre under “vluchtelingen”. Or you can make a profile on this website so that organisations can offer you suitable vacancies.

More information about the accommodation of status holders in your neighbourhood can be found on the Dutch website of the  gemeente:

You can subscribe to the digital newsletter of the Municipality. In Dutch and in English
When you choose district Centrum  (Centre) you will receive the latest news about your district every week.

23 June 2016,  (MM)


Here is the schedule of the workshops for the months of September till December 2016. These sessions will be organized at my home on Saturdays from 6 pm till 10 p.m. The cost is €50 per person per workshop.
Learn some easy to prepare, nutritious and impressive dishes for sophisticated everyday cooking highlighting recipes from different parts of India like dal (lentils), palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), biryani (rice), kebabs etc. The mouth- watering recipes are easily adaptable to other vegetables, pulses, grains or even meat, fish and poultry, if you are cooking for friends and family at home.
Do you wish to surprise someone with an original gift? Give them something they’ll never forget! You can choose a date, time and also the style and menu perfect for your friends.

If you are interested, please contact me on my mobile: 06 5588 3510 or email Please  visit my website



3 September – Traditional Indian meal

10 September – Mughlai cuisine OR Parsi cuisine

17 September – Indian Party Snacks

24 September – Vegetarian meal

1 October – Punjabi menu

8 October – Traditional Indian meal

29 October – Indian Party Snacks

5 November – Vegetarian meal

12 November – Traditional Indian meal

19 November – Mughlai OR Parsi cuisine

26 November – Punjabi menu

10 December – Traditional Indian meal

17 December – Surprise menu

28 June 2016, Vandana Sharma



Summer may appear illusive, but we went ahead and produced a Summer issue of the ACCESS Magazine, partially as a reminder that it is, just around the corner. Already available at expat centres throughout the country as well as international schools the Magazine is ready to be picked up, shared and read: also as a pdf or as an e-reader here. Discover the bicover image summer 2016cycle of tomorrow, about learning to ride as an adult – as many expats do – and so much more. Supporting the work we do our Magazine provides internationals with insight and things to discover about this, their new home.

The quick link to our magazine, should you want to share, or read at a later time is

28 June 2016, Deborah Valentine (Executive Director ACCESS)



Bankastraat will be renovated. On Wednesday 29 June 2016 the Municipality organizes an informative evening to explain the project, the planning and the work. There will be time for questions and answers.
The new situation will improve the road safety on Bankastraat and  realize a bicycle route between Scheveningen and the city centre.
At the same time the sewage system between Kerkhoflaan and Bankaplein will be renewed.

Time: Wednesday 29 June from 19.00 to 20.45 hrs.
Place: ‘t Klokhuis, Celebesstraat 4.

23 June 2016


Rosa3Photo: Mrs Rosa Useche Reyes
owner of lunchroom Limoncello on Bankastraat 

The recipe mentioned in the community newspaper of June 2016 is a dish that is typical for the Antiochian kitchen. It serves 6 hearty eaters.

600 gr. (canned) kidney beans
2 spoonfuls of olive oil
900 gr.  minced beef
900 gr. rasher of bacon
6 chorizo sausages
6 eggs
3 avocadoes
3 baking bananas
450 gr. Basmati rice
about 100 gr. Hogao (= mixture of 4 tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 teaspoon of ground cummin, 3 spoonfuls of vegetable oil to fry this mixture in for 10 minutes)

Cut the avocadoes in two and remove the stone.
Prepare and fry the Hogao mixture.
Peel the bananas and cut them in long slices.

Heat the oil and fry the minced beef loose; add half of the Hogao, stirr well.
In another pan fry the bacon until it is crispy.
Fry the chorizo sausages.

Cook the rice dry (1 part rice with 1 ½ part water)
Heat the beans and add the rest of the Hogao, heat it all for about 10 minutes.
Fry the eggs and the sliced bananas.

Serve on 6 preheated plates:
the rice, covered with the beans with Hogao, bacon, sausages, half an avocado, sliced banana and fried eggs.
A good glass of wine and … enjoy your meal!

21 June 2016



Saturday 3 September will be the day of our Community Festival around the fountain on Bankaplein.
The party will start at 16.00 hrs with a performance of the students of Balletschool Elsa Vreeken.
In the evening you will want to dance to the music of The Rumblers and the salsaband La Parranda. Anyone else who would like to perform can register:

At 18.00 hrs the Community meal, cooked in the home kitchens of volunteers, will be served. Meal coupons cost € 7,50 per person and can be bought at
– Exotenhof, Bankastraat 78 G
– Babs & Lizeth, Bankastraat 107 A
– Zuivelland, Bankastraat 44

Would you like to lend a helping hand? Volunteers will be most welcome for cooking, building up, cleaning up, donators, sponsors. Please write us at 

The festival programme will be published on the A&W website in August.

20 June 2016, the Festival Committee
Erika Verhulst, Luce Gelling, Dano Roelvink, Gerda Roos, Isabelle Hylkema, Marie-Louise de Ridder, Bianca Baltus (Kinderopvang ZO)



There will be no Energy Café on Tuesday 28 June – the specialist who was to speak about the highly technical subject of the heating pump system will not be available.
We will let you know when we have fixed a new date.

23 June 2016,


The Municipality of The Hague will hold talks with the city on the future of Westbroekpark and the Scheveningse Bosjes including the so-called Waterpartij (pond). In September the municipality will start up discussions in the city in the form of ‘City Labs’.

The municipality will organise a City Lab in each city district. During the City Labs, participants will hold discussions with each other and the municipality with the goal of formulating an assignment for a think-tank. This think-tank will then be charged with making a widely-supported plan for the future for this important green zone in the city. The participants in each City Lab will then select a representative for the think-tank.

The main question for the City Labs is: How can we make Westbroekpark and the Scheveningse Bosjes, including the Waterpartij, more attractive and better connected to each other while enabling each park to preserve its own character?

In order to give as many residents of The Hague as possible the opportunity to help brainstorm on the parks, you may sign up for no more than 1 City Lab. Each City Lab will be identical. You do not necessarily need to join in a discussion in your own city district. A maximum of 100 participants will be permitted for each City Lab evening. The municipality will publish an announcement about the City Labs in local newspapers and on social media before the summer.

The concept plan for an International Park was presented in November 2015. Some 3,200 residents of The Hague voiced their opinion on the plan. All of the reactions can be found on the municipal website and they have been bundled into a report.

Because the plans for an International Park have now been cancelled, the report does not contain any answers or reactions from the municipality to the questions and remarks about the plans. The reactions are being used, however, as the basis for the talks in the City Labs.

Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis (Downtown, Development of Core Areas and Public Space) said, ‘My initial intention was to adapt the plans for the International Park. But I realised that you do not remove the fundamental criticism this way. Ultimately I think you should also have the guts to cancel something… We are going to review the ambitions as stated in the 2014 zoning plan such as reinforcing the functions of the city. Many people did not agree with this. It is important that the people who took action also brainstorm with us. I expect the think-tank to come up with a good plan.’

16 June 2016,


The Javastraat reopened to traffic on 15 June. The street was given a new design between the Nassauplein and Koninginnegracht. The Javastraat has been narrowed from 2 lanes to 1 lane in order to create room for a new designated cycle path in the direction of Kijkduin. A new cycle lane was created on the opposite side of the street. The sewer system was also replaced.

New Javastraat

Work will start at the beginning of July on the narrow portion of the Laan van Meerdervoort. Designated cycle paths will also be created here in both directions, one lane of traffic will be eliminated for cars and the sewer system will be replaced. This project should be completed in November 2016.

16 June 2016,