The hammer came at the end: at the end of a very short, constructive city council meeting, mayor helmut blank (CSU) announced that he had received an application for a council petition to demolish the former indoor swimming pool. The signatories – all members of the CSU and neue wege city councils – refer to the fact that the signature lists for the third citizens’ petition of the hallenbadfreunde on the future of the former indoor swimming pool have now been handed over to the city administration. The decision on the admissibility of this citizens’ petition is to be made at the city council meeting on 22. July will take place.
"We should use this second ballot to get a comprehensive and meaningful vote from our citizens, incorporating the two broad currents of ‘conservation’ and ‘demolition’ alike. So this time there must also be the possibility to vote for the demolition", it says in the application.
The undersigned therefore request that the city council (pursuant to Â§ 8 abs. 1 of the statutes on citizens’ petitions and referenda) at its meeting on 22. On july 1, we decided to hold a referendum with the following content: "are you in favor of demolishing the former indoor swimming pool and redesigning the resulting open space in accordance with the redevelopment concept adopted by the city council??" Should the city council decide to go through with the referendum, the referendum should be held together with the referendum "preservation of our indoor swimming pool – swimming instead of demolition 2".0" be put to the vote.
Should be answered at the city council meeting on 22. If the citizens’ petition of the friends of the indoor swimming pool is declared admissible on july 12, and at the same time the city council approves the council petition by a majority, the citizens of munich had to answer three questions within three months. 1.Are you in favor of the city council resolution of 12. December 2018 to demolish the indoor swimming pool is cancelled and a pool renovation is initiated? 2.Are you in favor of demolishing the former indoor swimming pool and redesigning the resulting open space in accordance with the redevelopment concept approved by the city council??" The third question will be about what should happen if both questions are answered "yes" by a majority which may well happen if, for example, many citizens answer only one of the questions. So the citizens will be asked additionally which of the two previously asked questions should apply in this case.
There were already considerations in the first citizens’ referendum (comparing the costs of demolition and redevelopment) to counter this with a council referendum, says CSU faction spokesman michael kastl, one of the main initiators of the council referendum. As an adherent of representative democracy, however, he did not think this made sense. "We had the city council resolution on demolition." And it would have had weight. "A council request for demolition would have been too much", he means. But in the meantime much has happened. "Now it has become clear that the issue must be examined from both sides. The city council has already decided several times to demolish the building, but this has not been implemented because of the referendum and the renewed petition by the citizens. "Now we are getting a comprehensive vote to see what the citizens really want", he emphasizes. Precisely because they are asked not only whether they want a pool renovation, but also whether they are in favor of demolition.
"A final point must finally be set", says klaus schebler (neue wege) about it. "It can’t be that the next committee also has to deal with this." It is important that a final decision is made now. "But it must then also be accepted, regardless of the outcome. Klaus schebler announces that he will also accept a vote that he does not like. "Then I will be silent in the future."
"We now have to see what happens next", says alrun lintner about the upcoming council referendum. She is one of the three signatories of the citizens’ petition for the "preservation of our indoor swimming pool – swimming instead of demolition"." They complain that the city has not provided the correct figures. The friends of the indoor swimming pool are reproached for the fact that the citizens’ requests or. He points out that the citizens’ decisions cost a lot of money, and that no one can say what the city spent on the appraisals.
"We cannot violate the law", says the chairman of the association burgerbad munnerstadt, wolfgang blumlein. If there is a possibility of carrying out such a council petition, then it must be accepted. "But we let this be tested."
So the people of munnerstadt will probably get the chance to vote on renovation and demolition before the end of the year. Only one question remains: "what happens if both questions are answered with "no"? Should be answered, i.E. Neither redevelopment nor demolition should be desired. "Then the city council had the task to set new impulses", says michael kastl.