It is still unclear what exactly the leisure area in the south-east of the municipality of Glonn will look like. It is conceivable that a skate park (like here in Ebersberg) will also be built. Glonn has already bought used ramps. © Stefan Rossmann
The Glonn municipal council is not deterred: it wants to push through the planned leisure area for young people at all costs.
Glonn – Undeterred by resistance from parts of the local community, the municipality of Glonn is pushing ahead with its plans for a leisure area of around half a hectare in the southeast of the core town. In the immediate vicinity of the WSV sports world, the area is to offer sports and leisure activities, especially for young people, according to the municipal council's plan.
In the committee, the project is considered uncontroversial, while around 60 citizens are taking action against it by means of a signature list (we reported) – and are now being represented by a lawyer in the case of a resident family. This is evident from the minutes of the most recent municipal council meeting.
Mayor: The site will not be a supra-regional attraction
"Misconceptions of what will be created there," says Mayor Josef Oswald (CSU), declared supporter of the 4800-square-meter project, as the cause of the resistance. The site will not become a feared supra-regional attraction or amusement park for young people, if only because of the limited financial leeway. It is planned for the young people from the community. The objections raised range from concerns about the parking situation to possible night-time noise pollution and nature and species protection.
Obviously, the local council does not share this. According to the minutes, the decision for the land use plan for the site was unanimous. Adding to the uncertainty of local residents is the fact that it is still unclear how exactly the site will be used. The municipality had secured used skate park ramps from the city of Grafing. Otherwise, however, it is still unclear whether basketball hoops, table tennis tables or completely different facilities will be built there.
It is still unclear what exactly will be built on the site
"That's up to the municipal council to decide," says the mayor about the possible plants. It is conceivable, however, that offers for children or seniors would also be made – in the past, for example, the suggestion of a boules court had become loud.
"We'll see what happens," says the head of the town hall. "But we don't want to make a new urban land-use plan for every piece of playground equipment," he said, explaining the unanimous decisions in the municipal council, which were deliberately designed for planning leeway. For example, a barbecue area is also conceivable, if desired. "For use during the day!" emphasizes Oswald, referring to citizens' concerns about sprawling parties that have already been expressed.
It is important to the Glonn municipal councillors that the young people themselves should have their say. When the new youth worker takes up her duties in mid-June, one of her first tasks will be to conduct a new youth survey on their wishes with regard to the leisure area. After all, the most recent mood picture comes from 2018 – from a youth perspective, enough time has passed for a generational change, with which the wishes also change. "Then we'll see what's feasible," says the mayor. "And then you can also talk realistically about concerns and fears." Now it is actually too early for that.
The law firm of the resident family mentioned at the beginning, on the other hand, expresses the suspicion of a deliberate "salami tactic" in order to "keep the resistance to the project as small as possible" and announces that it will "accompany every procedural step extremely critically".
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The critics of the project are supported by the Lower Nature Conservation Authority, which expresses "strong fundamental concerns" about the planned location, regardless of the actual use. The municipality takes a stand on this and promises to plan "gently, needs-based and intervention-minimizing". The mayor takes the resistance calmly. They exist, "no matter what you do," he says.
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