There will be no pedestrian zone at Oberhachinger Kirchplatz.
The Greens, who had submitted a corresponding application for a temporary pedestrian zone on the weekends in the summer months of July and August, withdrew it at the latest meeting of the Environment and Transport Committee.
- The members of the committee quickly realized that creating a pedestrian zone would be a complicated project, if only because of the numerous regulations and the associated structural changes. According to the administration, the interests of the shops located there must also be taken into account, as a car-free zone makes direct access to the shops impossible. “That would be problematic for older patients of the doctors on Kirchplatz or for the pharmacy there,” said Karin Göbel (CSU). Valentina Eckel (Greens) explained that the application was aimed at making the square a place that invites you to linger. "Children could play freely without traffic and older generations could get into conversation on a bench."
The pedestrian zone does not automatically bring the church square to life
Mayor Stefan Schelle (CSU) said that events on the church square were always possible with a corresponding closure on that day, as the farmers' market always takes place there on Friday afternoons.
“The administration is completely open when it comes to it.” He also emphasized that “just because it is blocked, nothing new happens there that brings people together”.
Michael Thaller asked who should put an ice cream or coffee trolley there, as the Greens put it as an idea when the restaurants are mostly closed on Sundays.
Develop a concept with events
Town hall chief Schelle suggested that to revitalize the church square one should sit down with the local traders, the trade association, the cultural office and also the clubs and then block the square at specific events. “It has also been difficult to get something going since last year because of the corona pandemic.” In the end, the committee members agreed to consciously upgrade the area through activities in autumn and next summer.