Clear signals for more togetherness

Clear signals for more togetherness

In the future, they want to talk less about each other and more with each other – the spokesmen for city marketing and the alarm-ridden residents of the city center. Namely city manager klaus stieringer and gisela schlenker from the burgerverein bamberg-mitte expressed this at the end of a panel discussion on wednesday evening, which once again dealt with the currently hotly debated question of how many rough events the city center and the people living there can take.

"Nobody liked a dead city center", gisela schlenker assured, but wished for more willingness to talk and compromise from the organizers of coarse events.

She appealed for understanding, if the nerves of some burgers were on edge in the meantime: the events were only the tip of the iceberg. If you live in the middle of bamberg, you have to reckon with noise, dirt and vandalism 365 days a year.

The bamberger stood at the same time to her in the french day from 28./29. Marz criticized the nocturnal growth of the church and wished that the town marketing association would also pay more attention to the people concerned than it has done so far.

Stieringer explained that they have repeatedly reacted to complaints, abolished certain events and reduced noisy ones. Nevertheless, he is prepared to listen more closely to the note and concerns and to take them seriously. He himself hopes, as he said, for "a culture of debate that doesn’t start in the election campaign and end in ‘frankish day’".

The accusation that she was campaigning on her own behalf did not put CSU member schlenker off her guard when she was confronted with SPD city councilor stieringer.

She has nothing to do with party politics; for years she has been collecting the complaints of noise victims who had no lobby. As if to prove it, she had brought full files to the green hall of the harmonie – filled with a multitude of letters from unnerved inner city residents.

Schlenker was among the numerous listeners on wednesday evening, while stieringer was one of four panelists representing the bamberger grunen (GAL) and the bamberger gruen (GAL), respectively. The new economic working group had invited. They wanted to talk to guests and listeners about future goals and strategies of city marketing.

But the discussion returned again and again to the current bamberger agitation topic. It gave the premiere event of the GAL-working group at the same time more audience than expected: more people came than there were chairs available. For the organizers wolfgang grader was enthusiastic. Without realizing it, they had hit a brick wall when they planned the event two months ago.

Besides stieringer, andreas losche, district chairman of the grunen and arts manager, michael bohme, coordinator of city marketing coburg, and harald kurz-brauner, restaurateur and former member of the board of city marketing, also took part in the discussion.

In varying nuances, all agreed that the citizens should be more involved than before. Only if everyone pulls together and takes a positive and self-confident stance toward their cities will they have a future and a chance of survival in the growing competition, according to bohme.

Bamberg needs a new form of cooperation, according to the panelists, but on the whole it is in an enviable position. The three others on the podium attested stieringer and his team good and successful work.

Losche and bohme, as experts on the scene, were particularly impressed by the fact that the city marketing association is organizing a blues and jazz festival as well as "bamberg does its magic can finance with sponsorships alone. This is a remarkable achievement.

The city of coburg subsidizes its samba festival with 100,000 euros and still has to charge 20 euros admission from visitors, as bohme said. He admitted: "we always look at bamberg with envy!"

Harald kurz-brauner even put forward the thesis that the brose settlement would not have been possible without the "soft location factors" not possible. The restaurateur attributes the fact that bamberg’s quality of life is widely appreciated in large part to the work of the city’s marketing department. Even if he misses the discussion about his own goals at the party’s members’ meetings. In his opinion, this should be done in the future on a regular basis, roughly "every two years or so" – to be led.

Although moderator katharina groll made an effort, the discussion kept returning to the current larm debate.

Stieringer sees a cause in a too early closing time and too few offers for the many students. "We send people out on the streets at 2 o’clock and then wonder why they make noise outside."

Perhaps nightlife should be separated from predominantly residential areas of the city, suggested kurz-brauner. That shouldn’t mean that burgers had to make room for the party, he pointed out after an interjection from the audience: in his opinion, anyone who moves to a place like austrabe with its many localities should simply know what to expect.

Volker wrede, the artistic director of the jazz and blues festival, announced from the audience that this time he had chosen bands for the stage at the gabelmann that played as quietly as possible, with consideration for the inner city residents.

The predominantly factual contributions led wolfgang grader to an all-around positive conclusion of the evening: "we are struggling for a liveable bamberg." The city is close to the hearts of all involved.

The fact that a number of city councilors and representatives of the city administration also attended was seen as a positive sign by the grunen politician. Something must come of it".

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