Curfew: bamberg’s city council wants nothing different

curfew: bamberg's city council wants nothing different

Currently, the pubs have to close at four o'clock on weekends and at two o'clock during the week. This will probably not change even after the demonstration by the students against the current lock-up times. The chairmen of the parliamentary groups in the bamberg city council, whom we asked about possible corrections, were unanimous, from the CSU to the SPD, in their view that the current regulation is already a compromise and that they do not want to change it.

For example, helmut muller of the CSU. "We will not question the decision of 2011, because we believe that we have to keep all residents of bamberg in mind." Muller recalls that residents originally wanted an earlier curfew.

Even in the bamberg SPD, there seems to be no majority for a cave-in: "the current lock-up period is a compromise that we would like to keep", said faction leader wolfgang metzner (SPD). Metzner at most announced his willingness to reconsider the question of special permits for cultural events. Background: one year after the introduction of the new curfew, the city council decided to reduce by 50 percent the special permits it had issued too often, which has since been done. Metzner does not see a compelling connection between the topic of culture and the postponement of the night's rest by one hour, as demanded by the students: "what should an artist have against starting his event one hour earlier??"

The free voters also have a clear stance on the issue of lock-up times. "As city councilors, we are elected to keep the well-being of all citizens in mind and not to push through one-sided interests." Chairman dieter weinsheimer does not want to avoid a dialogue, but warns against "apodictic demands" of the students.

In the meantime, mayor andreas stark (SPD) has invited the students to a round table discussion. On friday, findings are to be put on the table about the effects of the new lock-up periods since 2011. Strong also hopes to objectify the discussion by comparing it with the regulations in other cities. The mayor leaves no doubt about his basic stance: "it cannot be our goal to help just one opinion to become right. In our city, the aim must be to bring living, housing and work together in harmony.

In an interview with our newspaper, the head of the regulatory department, ralf haupt, contradicted the students' statement that the decision to extend the curfew had been taken in the back room and without their involvement. On the contrary, students were consulted in february 2011 before the decision was made by a clear majority of 34 votes. And quite apart from the fact that demonstrations had already been held outside the gates of the meeting hall, the students' representatives were also invited to take part in a working group, which took place several times. "From my point of view, this is a balanced compromise that takes into account the interests of the people celebrating and the residents equally", sums up haupt. The argument that culture takes time is not very convincing for him: "it is of little use to the residents if the people who make noise were previously at a cultural event. "

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