Big stars in a small village: Astrid Wandinger (left) and Birgitt Binder are looking forward to it. © Michaele Heske
On the occasion of the events for the 1250th anniversary, the city center will be completely closed. Some councillors complain about the poor communication on the part of the city.
Dorfen – During the Faust performances and the other open-air concerts, the city centre is closed to cars all the way down to the town hall square. From 18 p.m., the fire brigade and professional stewards will no longer allow anyone to drive through the Isener Tor and the Wesner Tor, the Altöttinger Tor will remain closed anyway due to the construction site at the Isenbrücke. Traffic will be diverted via Mehrmühle and Moosen Monastery. The trouble before the city's anniversary is programmed.
Especially in such a difficult local situation, the city should have informed the citizens better, criticized a number of city councilors on Wednesday at the meeting of the main and finance committee. Here, Maria Rott from the Public Order Office presented the security concept for the events in June and July at the Lower Market Square for the first time. "None of this was well communicated, there are many ambiguities and misunderstandings, understandable that there is great discontent among the population," said Green City Councillor Andreas Hartl, referring to the inner-city communication problem at the anniversary events.
People went to the barricades, there were the wildest rumors.
City Councillor Josef Jung (ÜWG)
Sigrid Wiedenhofer, who is responsible for the open-air spectacle, countered: "We have informed the residents of the Lower Market as well as the business people with a cover letter." However, many had not read the letter correctly, and its facts had also been twisted. "The city centre will only be closed on the evenings when there are also performances," she explained. Faust will be performed eight times, in addition to three major open-air concerts and the Sparkassen Festival.
However, those who live in Brandstattgasse or Johannisplatz would not have received an information letter from the city, Hartl continued. The Isen settlement in particular is completely cut off from the city centre. "They can't get in or out from 18 p.m. to 24 p.m." An information event was the least, he demanded. "These are drastic restrictions."
Josef Jung (ÜWG) also spoke up. He spends a lot of time on foot, so he also gets the mood in the city. "People went to the barricades, there were the wildest rumors." In the process, an extremely negative touch came in, according to the Dorfen veteran. "Why weren't we councillors informed beforehand?" he asked.
Josef Wagenlechner (TEG) countered: "The majority of citizens accept the city closure, these are only a few villagers who deliberately shout loudly." The pressure would have been exacerbated by the traffic situation. "The events come as a nuisance on top."
During the discussion, trade consultant Martin Greimel distinguished between residents for whom the city closure means a temporary restriction and the tradespeople who are economically affected by it. "We met with the Dorfen support group and clarified the situation," the CSU city councillor referred to a conversation with members of the association.
Helge Schneider's concert in particular will become a burden, fears retailers. Because the artist performs on a Friday, the city center is closed at noon because of the sound check. Jakobmayer manager Birgitt Binder expects up to 1700 spectators. The marketplace is mutating into an event hall. "We were able to attract this well-known artist, who otherwise only appears on the biggest stages in Germany, to the provinces with our picturesque house façade," she said happily.
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It is also about unpleasant onlookers who take part in the concert for free, she explained. "There are stage instructions in the contracts." And with an artist like Martina Schwarzmann, who also works with soft tones, noise from outside is disturbing. "We can't filter out the noises," she says, explaining the far-reaching closure on the Lower Market. "Hopefully, the construction site will finally be history by then," says Binder, who will also link the banners with QR codes: "Then it will be easier for everyone."