What does every university town need
Over 8,000 people study in Landau. Unlike perhaps when the university was founded, many of them now live in our city. As citizens of Landau, they have specific perspectives, wishes and problems that local politics should take into account.
Even more: these young people are enrichment, lifeline and the most important location advantage of Landau compared to cities like Speyer and Neustadt. Many came - without initially knowing where Landau is exactly - and after a few semesters came to appreciate this city. Culture and sport are important for this, as well as for all social coexistence social participation, leisure and fun enable.
As the GREEN, we want everyone - regardless of how long they live in Landau and whether they stay or not - to be valued equally as citizens of our city. If only because even if new students come and old students leave, the problems remain the same. Housing and mobility have always been topics that move students. And when I live in a city, I expect more than when I just work there. That is why we want to improve the opportunities for leisure activities, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, and create new opportunities for sports outside of clubs.
As the city of Landau, school sport is one of our legal tasks and, as part of general public services, also housing and mobility. In addition, we can and want to do a lot differently than before. We want to understand culture in a variety of ways, from pub evenings to classical concerts. Sport is not just school sport, but also not just club sport.
With the political participation of the students, we as the GREEN ensure with our candidates that students can represent themselves in the city council. In addition, more binding bodies are needed as a basis for a joint discussion than before. Students must be heard about Landau's politics.
As a city, we have to decide for the Preservation of the University of Landau enter. We are following the plans to merge the Landau site with the Technical University of Kaiserslautern with concern. As the GREEN, we believe that the Landau location is strong and big enough for Landau's own university. Even if this opportunity has been missed for the moment, the city can also work on it in the long term. We want to stand up for the state for sufficient funding for our university and for the preservation of the current range of subjects in all its breadth in our city. Together with the GREEN Kaiserslauterns, we are calling for an S-Bahn connection between Kaiserslautern and Landau, so as not to repeat the construction error of the University of Koblenz-Landau. In addition, more state funding is needed for student housing in Landau and a municipal transport policy that strengthens bicycles and local public transport would also help to improve study conditions and strengthen Landau as an attractive university town. It's time this title meant more than just a note on the city sign.
In return, we hope to make better use of the opportunities offered by science and studies in our city. In addition to credit points for social engagement or for work in educational institutions, a list of possible administered by the university commissioner could be possible Theses give. The city administration could create a collection of interesting topics across departments that would be useful for administration and city politics. Students and academic staff can access this list for theses and term papers. In addition to promoting particularly interesting work, we also consider the creation of a three-year doctoral scholarship with a regional focus and awarded by the university committee to be useful in the long term. In addition, we want to gear Landau's successful economic policy more towards supporting spin-offs and start-ups.
Since the 2015 strike, it has been clear that there are not enough rooms for students in this city: We Greens are therefore behind the idea of adding a south campus to Landau. If the Süwega-Halle was demolished, we would advocate development by the university. The location is suitable because it is on campus and parking facilities are close by, which helps avoid the everyday traffic jams. The old measuring site is big enough to relieve the city through sensible buildings without restricting the regular cultural offerings there.
In addition to living space and mobility, we think it's students cultural leisure activities for important. We want to start with a summer semester program that offers special offers on Fridays and Saturdays for a few weeks. In coordination with the AStA, private providers and the city, we want to make staying in the city more attractive. In the long term, this would also be extended to the lecture-free period. To this end, we want to further develop the culture committee or add a culture advisory board to which a representative of the General Student Committee (AStA) should also have a permanent seat.
We want them for Landau restaurants, pubs and bars Outside serving times expand and simplify the process. An active and simple approach is important to us, as well as the revision of the special usage fee, if necessary. We are also relying on the abolition of the serving tax, which creates additional hurdles for founders, especially in the start-up phase. In this way we contribute to the promotion of an attractive bar and pubs landscape in Landau. We want to prevent more and more leisure facilities from disappearing from the core city. Be it the logo, the Gloria or the Universum Kino - they all enrich the city center, which is why we want to support them as far as legally possible.
Where there are conflicts with users of public space and residents, we do not rely on bans, but on explicit freedom and active youth work through street workers. We reject alcohol and music bans, as introduced in the Ostpark and discussed for all Landau parks. Much more, we want to create places on the observation tower of the State Horticultural Show, for example, where we give young people freedom. With lighting, toilets, sound barriers to protect residents, benches, rubbish bins, W-LAN via Freifunk and a suitable emptying and cleaning concept, we create attractive alternatives for later times. Since street workers in particular have to develop trust first, we want to improve their job prospects by reducing their time limit.
Should the federal government also legalize the acquisition and trade of cannabis within the next legislative period, we will campaign for a controlled dispensing point in Landau. In this way, consumers are protected, dealers are deprived of the market and consumers are decriminalized.
So far, students have been greeted with a book of vouchers, which costs the city money and serves more to promote the economy than to greet them. Instead, we rely on the further development of the Welcoming cultureby investing the funds in a welcome fee, swimming pool season tickets, vouchers for the city library, donkey car sharing insurance or monthly tickets for local public transport in the Landau honeycomb. Instead of teasing students with the secondary residence tax, which we reject as an instrument for naturalization, incentives should be created so that students living in Landau are happy to register with their primary residence in Landau. This can also include a welcome package and first-time items, which we want to further develop in cooperation with the AStA from an ecological point of view. This should include a semester planner including a bike map to connect the different university locations, a bus schedule and information on upcoming events.
Every third newly built apartment of the municipal housing association is intended to be Shared flat for students and trainees are hired out. They choose their roommates themselves within three months of giving notice in order to do justice to the special situation of a shared apartment. Even during construction, we pay attention to daylight bathrooms and kitchens as common rooms. With a precise billing of the ancillary costs, we keep them low, equip the apartments with a kitchen and washing machine and do not charge more than 10 euros per square meter of rent. Overall, we are far lower than many players in the market and use these funds within the housing association for additional social housing.
The Studierendenwerk Vorderpfalz as the sponsor of the public student residences can currently only offer places for less than 5% of the students in Landau. We want to double this rate as possible by creating hundreds of dormitory places in the next ten years. To this end, we are relying on greater funding for student dormitories at the state level, which we were able to achieve at the 2018 green state party conference. We want to sell land to the Studierendenwerk at a reduced rate or leave it permanently via the "long lease" instrument. If, for example, the development of the south campus does not come about, we consider the property provided for this to be a conceivable option. In discussions and through our seat on the administrative board of the Studierendenwerk, we want to push for sharp ancillary cost bills, shared flats instead of one-room apartments and the move away from fully furnishing all rooms and combine this with the cheap property tax. We criticize rents per square meter via the Studierendenwerk that are closer to 20 euros per square meter than 10, and will neither encourage nor support such rents. We will only support exceptions to the socially subsidized rental housing construction quota for student unions if it is ensured that the rent is bearable for all tenants. We want to better connect existing dormitories, for example by illuminating the path from the campus to the dormitory on Godramsteiner Straße and making it barrier-free.
In addition to these public actors, we also rely on private initiatives to create living space for students. This includes the impetus for new building initiatives for shared flats and the making of living space in the city villages more attractive through better transport connections by bike and bus. We would also continue to support the proposal we made in 2014 to found an offshoot of the tenement house syndicate in Landau. In addition, we want to develop a concept of how the little-used living space in Landau can be better used. Such a "Remanence concept“Would bring students and trainees together especially with older citizens who would be willing to sublet part of their houses or apartments. We consider a respectful address to be crucial for this. In addition, a contribution can be made against poverty in old age and social isolation. We see the “living for help” solution preferred by the Seniors' Advisory Board, in which, for example, gardening or shopping is done instead of money, as a nice addition to such a concept.
For this reason we are calling with the Advisory Board for Culture the establishment of an independent, advisory body which, in addition to the city's established cultural institutions, also includes freelance cultural workers from the various fields of art as well as representatives from cultural policy. The aim of the advisory board is to actively support cultural life in the city and to promote the diverse cultural offers and voluntary initiatives in the city villages. As an independent body, it assists the culture committee responsible for cultural affairs in an advisory capacity and gives its opinion on the city's cultural and political projects. In addition, the Advisory Board is the point of contact for all Landau cultural workers and aims to bring their concerns onto the political agenda and to the public and to point out new fields of action for the Landau cultural landscape.
A "Culture Index Landau" should reflect the cultural-political mood in Landau and provide impulses for the discussion between cultural workers, politics, administration and citizens. As part of this cultural index, public cultural institutions as well as independent cultural workers, institutional sponsors and companies in the cultural industry are asked: How do you rate the cultural and political length of the city? How do you assess the general situation and that of your own division? What are the most pressing problems for the future? However, questions about current cultural-political issues and developments can also be taken into account in the survey. As a "mood barometer", the culture index provides an independent and comprehensive inventory of the situation and changes in Landau culture and helps to strengthen awareness of the value of culture as an image, economic and location factor. The annual survey can be prepared, carried out and evaluated in cooperation with the University of Koblenz-Landau, for example the Center for Culture and Knowledge Dialogue.
With the creation of a "Culture tickets" we offer citizens of the city of Landau the opportunity to visit selected events of the Landau cultural institutions at a reduced price. In principle, a culture ticket should discount the events of participating cultural institutions and in return they should share in the income of the culture ticket. For the respective arrival and departure, it should be possible to use local public transport free of charge in conjunction with an event card. Our "call the bus" system can be used here precisely. By involving private actors and companies, we are also strengthening institutions such as the Universum Kinocenter and the Gloria Kulturpalast, in which we also want to increasingly accommodate urban events. In this way, we want the portfolio of urban cultural offerings in terms of an offer for younger people
Improve people. But even for purely urban events such as the Goethepark chat, we rely on a diverse program that appeals to all age groups.
We want to collect the diversity of urban, student, school and private cultural offerings in an event calendar and make it available online in a constantly updated version.On such an online platform, a Culture or open space exchange Find their place that brings together interested parties, projects, ideas and rooms. So that the free cultural scene can also play in urban spaces, we want to grant this easier access. In our opinion, this can be done, for example, by offering you rooms at a reduced price on rarely booked evenings or months. We advocate multilingual, especially French, cultural offerings. We want to bring the diversity of the existing offer, especially in our city library, closer to children at an early age.
With well over one million euros structural deficits are just municipal Swimming pools a challenge. Unlike private institutions, which can assert themselves on the market with specializations and enormous entrance fees, we mainly focus on the possibility of classic swimming and affordable prices. At La Ola we therefore want to introduce a swimmer pass for 90 minutes and a half-day pass with a duration of four hours and adjust the prices accordingly. We want to change the unused space or the dark children's pool in order to further develop the role of La Ola as a family bathroom. With a view of the sauna area, there is childcare available, as well as basic training equipment. In summer we no longer want to heat the outdoor pool and create new attractions for children with large inflatable toys, as is already the case in other pools. We welcome the solution found in 2019 in the catering sector. We want to significantly expand the bicycle parking facilities, especially with regard to the roofing of the bars. Most important, however, is the construction of a teaching pool and another 25-meter
Lanes in the outdoor area. There are currently waiting times of over twelve months and many schools do not offer swimming lessons, which are mandatory according to the curriculum. This additional pool can relieve the outdoor pool in summer with an alternative offer that makes La Ola more attractive and can be used in winter with a tent construction.
The deficit of the Outdoor swimming pool Unlike all other cultural and sports facilities, it is capped with a fixed amount. We want to develop this further so that at least some of the better annual financial statements can be used for future investments or to compensate for losses in rainy years. In the long term, we hope to expand the swimming area by two to three lanes. Should an adjustment of the admission prices become necessary, we want to limit this measure to the day tickets. The season ticket should remain as low as possible and still allow a visit to La Ola as an alternative. We also consider inflatable toys to be a nice addition to the range in the outdoor pool.
When renovating the School sports facilities we want to involve the school communities constructively and at an early stage. The multifunctional field of the integrated comprehensive school is to be preserved and renovated. As a means of doing this, we want to save at least the planned over 80,000 euros for another pedestrian bridge between IGS and ESG. Regarding the question of the sports fields in the Horst, we consider the suggestion of the city council to reduce the Horstsportplatz in favor of an elementary school extension and a cafeteria and to modernize the Horstingsportplatz.
We want to distribute hall occupancy fairly and also support non-club-bound sports groups. We find more artificial turf pitches desirable, but then rely on field dimensions that enable a variety of uses and are not only suitable for football. When it comes to financing association projects, we are reluctant to act, even if we find the commitment of individual associations very welcome and worthy of support. But we are critical of investing public money in the areas and halls used by individual sports that are sponsored by clubs.
Aside from school, swimming and club sports, we also want good conditions for individual sports. We consider fitness trails, for example in the Goethe and North Park or the Southwest Park with “race tracks” for runners, drinking water dispensers at our pools and the West Sports Center, as well as the maintenance and designation of unpaved running tracks in the urban district meaningful individual measures. We want to keep the small skater facility at the Albert Einstein parking lot.
It's about time - that's what we're committed to:
- Mobility Association University City: Reach all locations quickly and easily without your own car
- Doubling of the dormitory quota to 10 percent
- University Committee create
- expansion La Ola around the teaching pool and outside area
- Advisory Board for Culture establish
- Culture ticket introduce
- Culture and open space exchange with cultural calendar
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