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"Absolutely unsuitable": Interest group defends itself against initial reception centre

2023-12-04T12:17:32.647Z

Highlights: Interest group Alte Miesbacher Straße in Hausham defends itself against initial reception centre. Residents fear a "devaluation of the location" with falling property values and a dwindling sense of security. They expect the creation of further capacities on the site in the future, without the municipality being able to take countermeasures. "We are all in the same boat and must not play each other off against each other," says the mayor of the district authority, Jens Zangenfeind.



Status: 04.12.2023, 13:00 PM

By: Sebastian Grauvogl

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To become an initial reception centre: the former vaccination centre in Hausham. © Thomas Plettenberg

Critical questions have become a community of interest. With this, the residents are defending themselves against an initial reception facility in the former vaccination center in Hausham.

Hausham – A ten-point statute has been drafted by the recently founded interest group Alte Miesbacher Straße in Hausham. First point: "We are not xenophobic." It is also not a matter of not helping the residents, according to the explanatory letter, which the spokespersons of the now around 250 supporters have sent to the town hall. However, they feel "run over" by the plans of the district office and consider the location in the former vaccination center to be "absolutely unsuitable" for an initial reception facility for up to 86 people. Therefore, the municipal council and mayor should also vote against the necessary change of use.

As reported, the municipality had initially invited the immediate neighbours of the building to an information event. Since no representative of the district office was on site, Mayor Jens Zangenfeind promised to forward the questions and points of criticism to the authority in a bundled manner and to let the municipal council vote only after all the answers were available. It is therefore unclear whether the topic will actually be dealt with in the public session next Thursday, 7 December, as can be seen from the agenda. "Not all the answers are there yet," Zangenfeind said when asked, confirming that the four spokespersons of the interest group would meet the request for talks on Monday. He has already forwarded the letter to the local councillors so that everyone has the same level of information.

Residents fear restrictions

The arguments put forward in it are primarily aimed at the unsuitable location from the residents' point of view. It is a mixed area, "but only on paper". In fact, there are almost exclusively single-family and multi-family houses in the area, and even the former vaccination center itself is home to rental apartments. "There is no distance, little space, hardly any open space," criticizes the interest group. The consequence is restrictions, especially for commercial operations directly next to the building. On top of that, the climate in the district will deteriorate due to the noise pollution and the "unbelievable fluctuation" of refugees from a wide variety of countries of origin due to the short length of stay. Accommodation in a building without retreat rooms and privacy with sanitary facilities in outdoor containers is "not humane", integration through work, school or daycare is impossible.

Residents fear a "devaluation of the location" with falling property values and a dwindling sense of security. In addition, they expect the creation of further capacities on the site in the future, without the municipality being able to take countermeasures. "Massive danger of ghettoization," is their verdict. Not least because the residents had already been severely affected by the vaccination centre, the district office should look for a more suitable location for the initial reception centre.

Mayor relies on joint path with district office

Zangenfeind does not want to give false hopes to the residents. A legal examination by the municipality had shown that the chances of success of a general rejection were low. The district office could replace the decision of the municipal council anyway. Instead of going for confrontation, it is better to look together for the best way for Hausham. As deputy district administrator, he likes to use his contacts in the district authority. "We are all in the same boat and must not play each other off against each other," emphasizes Zangenfeind. The mistakes were made at a higher political level. "The state has let us down," the mayor makes clear. Nevertheless, every municipality must now make its contribution. And if possible, in such a way that no more gyms have to be occupied. If the initial reception facility in the former vaccination centre were to actually come, the two Hausham sports halls would have to remain free. "That," says Zangenfeind, "is non-negotiable for me."

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Source: merkur

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