Angebot und Nachfrage

Martine MergenSicherheit ist mehr ein Gefühl, als ein Fakt!

Polizeistatistiken berichten von einer niedrigeren Inzidenz von Straftaten inden einschlägigen Vierteln der Stadt. Das ist Fakt! Gefühlsmäßig sind wir Bürger jedoch im städtischen Alltag häufiger als früher in Situationen, in denen wir uns unsicher oder bedroht fühlen.

Ein wesentlicher Faktor dabei ist und bleibt die Drogenszene: sei es Beschaffungsprostitution oder -kriminalität, sei es einfach nur der Junkie, der sich am helllichten Tag in einem Hauseingang einen Schuss in die Leiste setzt.

Seit der Jahrtausendwende haben sich die abwechselnden Gesundheitsminister ein Heroinabgabeprogramm an Schwerstsüchtige vorgenommen. Geschehen ist nichts! Nur wer den Teufelskreis zwischen kriminellem Angebot und medizinischer Nachfrage bricht, wird eine Verbesserung einerseits der Situation der Abhängigen, als auch das Verschwinden der Beschaffungsprostitution und -kriminalität erreichen. Das ist Regierungssache!

Aufgabe der Gemeinde ist dennoch, ihren Einfluss auf die Regierung auszuüben, dass es bald zum Umsetzen dieses Programms kommt, und, ja, da war doch noch was, dass unsere Hauptstadt nicht allein die Last der Drogensüchtigen zu tragen hat, sprich: „Abrigado“ muss auch im Süden und Norden des Landes endlich unterkommen und funktionieren!

 Dr Martine Mergen
Gemeinderätin
Abgeordnete


Offre et demande

La sécurité est plus un sentiment qu’un fait !

Les statistiques de la police affirment une moindre incidence des délits dans les quartiers populaires de la Ville. C’est un fait ! Néanmoins, plus que par le passé, nous, les citoyens, nous nous sentons de plus en plus menacés et en insécurité.

Un facteur significatif de cette insécurité constitue le milieu de la drogue : que ce soit la prostitution qui découle du besoin de se procurer de la drogue, la criminalité connexe ou encore le toxicomane qui se donne une injection dans l’entrée d’une maison.

Depuis le début du millénaire, les différents ministres de la Santé ont proclamé vouloir adopter un programme de remise contrôlée d’héroïne aux toxicomanes les plus dépendants. Rien n’a été fait ! Briser le cercle vicieux entre offre et la demande est le seul remède pour améliorer la situation des toxicomanes et à éliminer la prostitution ainsi que la criminalité liées aux besoins d’approvisionnement. Il en va de la responsabilité du gouvernement!

La tâche de la commune est néanmoins d’exercer son influence sur le gouvernement afin de l’inciter à réaliser enfin ce programme. Il appartient également à la commune de s’engager à ce que la capitale ne supporte pas à elle seule la charge de la toxicomanie, mais de la répartir. En d’autres termes des structures comme l’« Abrigado » devront également être implantées et fonctionner au sud et au nord du pays !

Dr. Martine Mergen
Conseillère communale
Députée

Mobilität, die „D’Strooss hält“?

Serge WilmesDie Stadt Luxemburg wächst und wächst. Den Entwicklungsvorgaben des neuen allgemeinen Bebauungsplans (PAG) nach, soll die Hauptstadt 2030, 150.000 Einwohner sowie 210.000 Pendler zählen.

Um dem großen Ungleichgewicht zwischen Einwohnern und Arbeitsplätzen entgegenzuwirken, müsste der PAG von einem ambitionierten und kohärenten Mobilitätskonzept begleitet werden. Zwei Attribute, mit denen sich die angedachten Maßnahmen nicht brüsten können.

So wird z. B. vorgeschlagen, neben der Einrichtung eines nationalen Fahrradweges und der Verbreiterung der Bürgersteige, das Verkehrsaufkommen auf der „route d’Arlon” durch eine Neugestaltung zu erhöhen. Eine wahnwitzige Vorstellung, es sei denn die Gebäude entlang der Straße würden dem Erdboden gleichgemacht!

Dringend benötigt werden hingegen Umgehungsstraßen, wie der „Boulevard de Merl”, der die „route d’Arlon” und die „route de Longwy” entlasten soll. Obwohl niemand weiß, wann besagte Straße gebaut wird, soll sie laut Vorbereitungsstudie des neuen Bebauungsplans ab 2020 befahrbar sein.

Seriöse Mobilitätspolitik sieht anders aus. Die CSV fordert, dass der hauptstädtische Schöffenrat in den nächsten Monaten ein Konzept unterbreitet, dass u.a. die Weiterentwicklung der Trambahn, sichere Fahrradwege, prioritäre Busspuren sowie zusätzliche Auffangparkplätze vorsieht. Ein Konzept, „dat d’Strooss hält”.

Serge Wilmes
Abgeordneter

Supply and demand

Martine MergenThe difference between a sense of security and actual security

The latest Police statistics show us that the crime rate has dropped. That is a fact. This drop does not translate, however, into an increased feeling of security among citizens, as they are more often confronted with situations that make them feel insecure or even threatened.

The origins of this feeling of insecurity lie in the city’s drug scene, be that prostitution for drugs or outright criminality arising from the need for drugs, or even only the junkie shooting up in front of a house entrance in broad daylight.

Since the turn of the century, the various health ministers have announced a heroin distribution program for heavy addicts. Unfortunately such a program never became reality, but it is the only way to break the vicious circle between criminal supply and medical demand and it would result in an improvement of the addict’s personal situation as well as a disappearance or at least substantial reduction of the drug prostitution and criminality. The government needs to take action!

It is the municipality’s duty to use all its influence to ensure such a program becomes a reality. And last, but not least, our capital city should not be left alone in shouldering the burden of the whole country’s population of drug addicts. “Abrigado” should also start operations in the south and north of Luxembourg.

Dr. Martine Mergen
Member of the City council
Member of Parliament

Troubled times for town centre stores

Claudine Konsbruck_portratOur city is changing fast and those who are suffering the most during this period are the shopkeepers and their sales staff in the areas around the old town and the railway station. I don’t mean the franchises of the global luxury brands that have substantial financial means;  it is our local businesses that are being adversely affected by these changes.

The numerous construction sites have been around for a couple of years now, and little seems to have been done to improve planning and coordination of the various sites. Access to the city remains excruciatingly difficult and is preventing shoppers from reaching the stores.

Take for instance the end of avenue Monterey, where all drivers are now forced to turn either towards boulevard Prince Henri or into avenue Marie-Thérèse thus barring  direct access into the town centre. The CSV hereby demands that a solution be found to reopen this major route to traffic.

In addition, many stores complain about the aggressive or inappropriate behaviour of certain beggars. Why not follow the example of several other municipalities in neighbouring countries that forbid begging in certain streets?

The social services of the city already offer a vast array of measures to support the disadvantaged, ranging from food to shelter; they need to step up their actions even more so that these people also get in touch with them.

Claudine Konsbruck
Member of the City council

Pedestrian “concept” for the city: Window-dressing and misunderstanding of the citizen’s needs

Maurice Bauer 169A couple of months ago, the new pedestrian concept was presented by the majority to the city council and the result is sobering. It is in fact a real disappointment.

Instead of developing a global concept, we can only see local construction measures alongside minor improvements such as traffic light control! We are far away from the original announcement that the city mobility concept would be overhauled entirely.

The CSV therefore demands that the entire pedestrian mobility concept of the city be thoroughly reviewed and that a global concept be developed in consultation with the respective local citizens associations and interest groups:

  • Ensuring respect of the needs of elderly pedestrians. It is a fact that the accessibility of the city has become quite cumbersome since the latest changes in the bus lines.
  • Setting down clear rules allowing an efficient and harmonious usage of the pedestrian and cycle lanes
  • Respecting the situation of the disabled in wheelchairs as well as the safety of baby prams
  • Testing possible danger zones on children’s routes to school as well as at street crossings. There are several locations where the duration of the green phase at traffic lights is by far not long enough (e.g. : Boulevard Royal)
  • Generally improving the lighting on zebra crossings as well as in the city parks.

Maurice Bauer
Member of the City council

Rethinking mobility

Serge WilmesLuxembourg continues to grow at a fast pace. According to the city development plan (PAG: plan d’aménagement général), by 2030 our capital will have 150,000 residents as well as 210,000 commuters.

In light of the substantial discrepancy between the number of residents and jobs, an ambitious and coherent mobility concept should have been included in the drawing up of the new PAG.

For instance, aside from the creation of a national cycle network and the general widening of the pavements, it is proposed to increase the traffic on the route d’Arlon substantially via a new traffic management layout. A goal that can only be achieved by tearing down many buildings along the designated route!

On the other hand we have an urgent need for the new ring road, the « boulevard de Merl » that would finally relieve the « route de Longwy ». Nobody seems to know when construction of the planned road will finally begin, but according to the PAG it is supposed to be operational in 2020!

This is hardly a credible mobility concept that could carry the city through its future growth!

The CSV calls on the College of Aldermen on the city council to present in the next months a coherent, comprehensive proposal that takes into account the further development of the tramways, secure cycle lanes, more priority buslanes as well as further commuter parking spaces surrounding the city.

Now that would be rethinking mobility!

Serge Wilmes
Member of Parliament

New city development plan (PAG: plan d’aménagement général) – We demand coherence and proper citizen participation

Europawahlen-2014_Isabel-Wiseler169The discussions sourrounding the PAG are far from over. Citizens were allowed to submit their grievances and 800 of them took the opportunity to do so. The College of Aldermen on the city council must now grant a hearing to each and every one of them. We, as elected members of the opposition in the city council, look forward to seeing the outcome of these hearings and hope that the citizens’ complaints will be taken into account by the Aldermen to increase coherence of the PAG.

For us it is incomprehensible that the residents as well as the opposition political parties on the city council have not been involved in the process from the start.

The number of incoherences in the PAG beggars belief. For instance, how could we accept that certain buildings of 300 m2 are limited to housing a single household ? Or that almost identical houses in the same street receive different classification, one being classified as protected, the other one not at all? Property owners and citizens cannot accept the arbitrary treatment that is inherent in the current version of the new PAG.

But there are other issues as well : The College of Aldermen speaks of giving priority to the quality of life of residents, while in fact accelerating the number of jobs in the city without proper planning, thereby increasing the imbalance between housing and employment. Moreover, the mobility plan is based on outdated figures;  it is simply a box of ideas without  credible solutions for the future !

As members of the opposition in the city council, we shall therefore be demanding substantial changes to the current PAG in order to guarantee the quality of life that the citizens deserve.

Isabel Wiseler-Lima
Member of the City council
President CSV Stad


Please wait outside

Too small meeting rooms, not enough meetings. In organising the PAG information meetings, the College of Aldermen clearly wanted to keep dialogue with citizens to a minimum. There can be no other explanation for the fact that only one meeting was organised for all the residents of Kirchberg, Weimershof, Neudorf, Cents, Hamm and Pulvermühlen. For over 18,500 residents? Hardly surprising, then, that many interested citizens who turned up for this meeting had to turn around and go back home. And not just from this meeting!

CSV Stad op der Braderie

Mat Ënnerstëtzung vun der CSV Zentrum an och vu Vertrieder aus anere Bezierker, war d’Equipe vun der CSV Stad och 2016 nees mat engem Stand op der Stater Braderie vertrueden fir en Austausch mat de Bierger ze sichen.

CSV Stad goes Fouer

Ganz interessant Gespréicher mat de Forainen, ewéi de Bedreiwer vum Riserad, iwwer hir Aarbecht, hiert Liewen am Alldag an hir Suerge waren dëst Joer sécher den Highlight vun eisem Fouerbesuch. E puer flott Impressioune fannt Dir an eiser Galerie.