The Bavarian riot police want to continue using their containers on the Dachau Bepo site. © picture-alliance/ dpa / David Ebener
The Bavarian riot police want to continue using their containers on the Dachau Bepo site. But the city has other ideas.
Dachau – The good news for the Bavarian riot police is that the recruitment figures are at a "consistently high level". And because "with a view to the future, a reduction in accommodation occupancy within the Bavarian riot police is still not to be expected", the authority has recently applied to the city for the continued use of its containers on the Dachau Bepo site.
The bad news, however, is that the city rejects this. Both the proposal to extend the use of containers for a limited period of another six years and for an indefinite period.
In the spring of 2017, the containers – a total of six of two storeys each – were set up on the Bepo site in Dachau. Since then, it has housed accommodation for prospective civil servants, lecture halls and function rooms. The approval of these containers now ends in June. According to Bepo, a loss of the premises would have a "massive impact on personnel development" and would "significantly complicate the short- to medium-term planning of the Bepo and the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior".
City rejects container use
However, the city councillors in the building committee and the municipal building authority were not very impressed. City councillor Volker C. Koch (SPD), for example, admitted that a container solution "is cheaper in a hurry". The great danger, however, is that "they will stand until St. Never."
The city sees it the same way and justifies its rejection of the extended container use with the fact that there are numerous buildings on the Bepo site "that are suitable for permanent use". Listed buildings in particular should be taken into account for appropriate use – in the sense of long-term preservation. Mayor Florian Hartmann advised those responsible for Bepo to "build smartly right away".
According to the city, the Free State should use existing buildings
However, the Free State does not seem to want this. In the opinion of the State Building Authority, there are no rooms suitable for seminar accommodation on the Dachau Bepo site. In addition, "functional conversions of the old building structure would pose major financial challenges".
The containers are therefore likely to remain on the site for a while. According to Moritz Reinhold, head of the building authority, the city must be asked for its agreement. However, if this agreement is not reached, the Free State can approve its application itself.