SPEECH AT THE MEETING OF THE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT COUNCIL OF AMSTERDAM OLD WEST ON JUNE 25TH 2002 APPROXIMATELY 19:30 c.e.t.

Speaker J.P.Krol/ BO Amsterdam
Translation into English by j.p.krol.

 

THANK YOU CHAIRMAN

THIS SPEECH COVERS THE FOLLOWING MAIN POINTS :

 

FIRST

SOME CONFUSION THAT HAS OCCURRED WITH US IN

RELATION WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

OR NEGLECT OF ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF AMSTERDAM OLD WEST

AND THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES.

 

 

SECOND

A LETTER TO THE INHABITANTS DATED MAY 27TH 2002

WHICH WAS RECEIVED BY US AND WHICH WAS RELATED

TO THE PLANNED DEMOLITION OF THE

FIRST HELMERSSTAAT 5-7 COMPLEX.

 

 

THIRD

A REACTION TO OUR QUESTION TO THE COUNCIL

CONCERNING HAVING INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

DONE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF BUILDING NUISANCE

ON PUBLIC HEALTH.

 

THE POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE WE MAY NOTABLY DISCUS

BEARING IN MIND THE CONSIDERATIONS BEHIND THE

"LAW DUALISATION MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT" .

 

THIS LAW , AFTER ALL, IS MEANT TO REDUCE THE GAP

BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS.

 

BECAUSE OF TIME SHORTAGE FOR THIS ADDRESS TO YOU

WE WILL NOT ELABORATE EXTENSIVELY ON EXACT DATES

OF SPEECHES AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT

WHICH WE MAY SPEAK IN WHAT FOLLOWS HEREAFTER.

 

 

HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY OF THESE

DATES ARE REGISTERED AND WE WILL ONLY CONSIDER

REGISTERED COMMUNICATIONS RELEVANT.

 

 

WITH REGARD TO POINT ONE

 

A NUMBER OF TIMES THE CITY COURIER HAS NOT BEEN

DELIVERED IN OUR HELMERSSTRAAT

APARTMENT BUILDING AND ADDITIONALLY

AND PROBABLY IMPORTANT FOR US,

A NUMBER OF DATES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS OF

THIS COUNCIL, WITH THE RIGHT OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION,

HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED AS FAR AS WE COULD TRACE.

 

OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE TRIED TO OBTAIN THESE DATES

IN OTHER WAYS

BUT THIS ATTEMPT WAS NOT COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL.

 

IN OUR EFFORTS WE DID RECEIVE PLEASANT COOPERATION

FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS BY THE WAY.

 

WE CAN UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE

ELECTIONS

AMONG OTHER THINGS A PROGRAM CAN GET OVERLOADED

 

OUR OWN WEBSITE, WHICH

 

IN CONNECTION WITH GLOBALIZATION IS NOW LOOKED

AFTER IN MANY LANGUAGES, ALSO REQUIRES A LOT OF

OUR TIME.

 

CHAIRMAN

WE HOPE FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING WHEN WE PUT IT

TO YOU

THAT , UNDER RESERVATION OF ALL RIGHTS, WE WILL

CONTINUE TO TRY AND VERIFY TO WHAT EXTEND NOTABLY

NOT PUBLISHING SAID DATES MAY BE DAMAGING TO OUR

INTERESTS.

 

WE MAY FURTHER ELABORATE ON THIS POINT AFTER THE

SUMMER RECESS.

 

 

WITH REGARD TO POINT TWO

MEANWHILE, REGARDING THE AFOREMENTIONED LETTER

TO THE INHABITANTS,

 

WE MAY PUT IT TO YOU THAT WE HAVE ADDRESSED THIS

COUNCIL MANY TIMES , TO A LARGE EXTEND IN RELATION

WITH THE PLANNED DEMOLITION OF THE FIRST

HELMERSSTRAAT 5-7 COMPLEX.

 

THE FACT THAT THE CITY DISTRICT OR THE BUILDING

COMPANY OCCASIONALLY ORGANIZE DISCUSSION AND

COUNSELING GROUPS, UNTIL NOW HAS NOT PROVIDED US

WITH SIGNIFICANT NEW DATA WHICH COULD BE OF ANY

INFLUENCE ON THE OBJECTIONS WE HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD.

 

CONSEQUENTLY THE POSITIONS WE HAVE TAKEN

REMAIN UNCHANGED AS YET.

 

 

REGARDING POINT THREE

IN PREVIOUS SPEECHES WE HAVE INSISTED ON OUR

POSITION THAT IT IS THE DUTY AND THE RESPONSIBILITY

OF THE COUNCIL TO DEMAND A STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS

FROM THE CITY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION REGARDING

RECENT AND UNBIASED RESEARCH ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF

BUILDING NUISANCE ON PUBLIC HEALTH.

 

 

IN THIS CONNECTION WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY

FURTHER DATA AND WE MAY EXPLICITLY REPEAT OUR

POSITION BEFORE THIS CITY DISTRICT COUNCIL IN ITS NEW

ASSEMBLY.

 

CHAIRMAN I THANK YOU FOR THE SPEAKING TIME IN THIS

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.

 

IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT WE WILL MORE OR LESS

EXTENSIVELY RETURN TO WHAT HAS NOW BEEN BROUGHT

BEFORE YOU, AFTER THE SUMMER RECESS.

 

( J.P.KROL)

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