The burgermeister has a little experience with the greens. 1996 was the year when gerald brehm (JL) moved into the town hall, and the grunen won their only and soon to be last seat on hochstadt’s town council.
Many years followed in which the ok party did not play a role. Until they founded a local association last year. In this year’s election, the greens entered the city council with three members. A green from hochstadt now also sits in the district council. Some had foreseen that the green zeitgeist in germany would also arrive locally. But what do the gruns stand for in urban politics?? What do you want to achieve?
During a discussion in the engelgarten with the three city councilors peter winkler, irmgard schlehlein and andreas popp as well as the new county councilor lydia gobel, it becomes clear: the mayor and the established parliamentary groups have to reckon with critical questions. And above all, with a green contradiction. As the spokesman for the city council’s parliamentary group, peter winkler, points out: "we’re the only ones who are saying no now!" He sees a "complete lack of concept in urban development", when it comes to the issue of land consumption. Which brings him directly to the body-and-stomach theme of the grunen: environmental, climate and landscape protection.
Against row house project
Too much, too crude, most of it unnecessary: that’s the grunen view of hochstadt’s building land and commercial policy in recent years. "The building areas are exorbitantly coarse", says popp. "You don’t have to build up the entire hackersteig", says winkler. This is an irrational and irretrievable destruction of nature and landscape.
The development of the old edeka site on greiendorfer weg with 32 terraced houses by a private developer had never been approved by the city council, winkler says. "This is not a residential area." In the opinion of the grunen unsuitable, because too close to the road, too crammed in. Small business would have been better from your point of view. "The city should have bought it", says popp. A renaturation of the flat at the aischwiesen would also have been an option, he thinks. Always resorting to concrete is the wrong approach. A municipality also has to make its contribution to protecting the climate. Winkler recalls the "third heatwave in a row".
Grune doubts waiting list
There is no denying that there is demand for housing. But the greens doubt that this is really as rough as often claimed. Surely there is a waiting list for building land. But there are also many "deadbeats" on it or people who actually already had a house or an apartment in hochstadt, according to winkler’s estimation.
Maybe there is one or the other real estate speculator. But the reality is also that there are young hochstadt families looking for (affordable) housing. Where to put them? Here the greens rely primarily on vacant buildings and the filling of baulucken. "The hohestete 2030 urban development concept has such good approaches. They just have to be implemented", says schlehlein.
But what if no one wants dilapidated houses on the street?? The new building in grunen is still the dream of many? What if landowners don’t want to sell? You have to be stubborn and really want it, says popp. His solution: a position in the administration that is exclusively concerned with land management. He is hopeful that success will come when it comes to the. "You just have to start drilling the board." Winkler proposes a flat exchange model.
When it comes to business, the green party’s tune is similar to that of the CSU in the city council: too many plots of land have been given away too easily to the next best thing, without asking: how many jobs does a business that consumes a relatively large amount of land (keyword: logisticians) actually create??
Preventing the gremsdorf bypass
When it comes to traffic, the grunes are taking a fundamental stance. They reject a bypass for gremsdorf. No matter whether south or north variant. A corresponding letter to the two federal deputies is currently being prepared.
The greens cannot understand how the mayor so vehemently supports a bypass to the north through the aisch valley. Anyone who wants to do that is violating the ecology and the preserved landscape. The grunes want to prevent the aischgrund from being literally "built over become. "This is a "sunde, according to winkler. A bypass should also be ruled out because of the nature reserve of the krausenbechhofen pond.
But what do the people of hochstadt have to say to the larm-plagued people of gremsdorf?? Instead of bypassing, they demand: speed limit 30 in the town, traffic-calming islands, demand for larmschutzfenster (larm-protection windows) and flusterasphalt (fluster asphalt). In general, more people should travel by bus.
This is where district councilor lydia gobel comes in. Their main issues: bicycle paths and local traffic. Currently fighting for a direct bus hochstadt-forchheim. She calls the city-umland-railway, which should drive also in the east of ERH. She does not rule out another citizen survey in the district.
At the very least, hochstadt’s mayor was allowed to get angry about this issue. He and the young list face a time of debate.