Meeting at the town hall, of the city counsel of Amsterdam.

Amstel 1. vsrg 290801 starting 13:00.
speaker: Jan Peter Krol/citizen group on demolition and construction in Amsterdam.

The spoken words count.                                                                   copyright j. p. krol 2001


THANK YOU CHAIRMAN,

ALDERMEN .... COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF AMSTERDAM .... AND MANY ESTEEMED OTHERS PRESENT HERE.

MY NAME IS JAN PETER KROL .... OF THE BO.... OUR CITIZENS NEGOTIATION GROUP.... PERHAPS YOU STILL KNOW ME.

MY SPEECH TO YOU TODAY .... IS A .... TRANSLATION .... OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ....WORLD WIDE WEB ORIGINAL ....WHICH IS BROUGHT BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.... THROUGH OUR HOMEPAGE AND ITS SEARCH ENGINES....

THUS IT WILL BE PART .... OF A NETWORK .... OF COMPARABLE .... INTERCONNECTED

DOCUMENTS.... AIMED AT ILLUSTRATING.... THE POSSIBILITIES OF LAWFUL.... AND NON VIOLENT .... CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.. IN GOVERNMENTAL DECISION MAKING.... IN THE SPIRIT OF.... DEMOCRACY UNDER GLOBALIZATION.

WE FEEL ....THAT THE POSSIBLE ERECTION.... OF A MAMMOTH BUILDING.... OR BUILDING COMPLEX.... NOTABLY FOR THE SCIENCES OF THE MIND.... OF THE UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM.... WITH ITS MASSIVE ....ASSOCIATED.... DEMOLITION AND BUILDING ACTIVITY.... IN THE MIDDLE OF.... THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED AREA.... OF OUR CITY.... IS WORTH THIS ATTENTION.

SUCH A BUILDING.... SHOULD AFTER ALL.... ALSO BE A BEACON.... FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

 

A BEACON SHOWING.... HOW THE CITIZENS OF AMSTERDAM.... AND THEIR CHOSEN REPRESENTATIVES.... WHO ARE AFTER ALL.... LOOKING AFTER THEIR INTERESTS.... AT THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM.... THE NEW ERA.... DEALT WITH DEMOCRACY... DEALT WITH SUCH A PROJECT.

EVEN IF IT REMAINS ONLY A DREAM ....

ABOUT PAPER MODELS....

OR PERHAPS THEN MORE THEN EVER....

CHAIRMAN....

IN VIEW OF THE SHORT TIME AVAILABLE.... I MUST START WITH....

WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT....

WHICH I WILL SUBSEQUENTLY CLARIFY....

AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

NOW THEN.

CONSIDERING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ....

WHAT I MAY FURTHER EXPLAIN....

IN MY COMMENT.... WE SUGGEST THAT YOU AD ....THE FOLLOWING POINT .....SEVEN........

TO THE DECISION.... PROPOSED TO YOU...

BY THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN....

OF THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM.

ON THE LAST PAGE OF THE....

 

DRAFT CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION IN THE MATTER OF THE POINTS OF DEPARTURE REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BINNENGASTHUIS AREA.

 

FULL STOP.

 

AFTER :

DECIDES.....I II III IV V VI

 

 

ADD.... OR AT ANY RATE WITH WORDS OF SIMILAR IMPORT....

AS FOLLOWS :

VII

 

THE DECISIONS UNDER I TO VI ....

DIRECTLY ABOVE.... SHALL BE SUBJECT....

TO THE REQUIREMENTS.... UNDER VII .

THESE REQUIREMENTS CONTAIN .... THAT ANY SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCE.... FORESEEABLE RESULTING....FROM SAID DECISIONS....I TO VI.... SHALL FIRST HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED....

TO NEGOTIATION....

WITH ALL RELEVANT PARTIES CONCERNED.... AND THAT.... WHEN ANY ACHIEVED RIGHT....

OF SAID PARTIES.... WILL BE FORESEEABLE AFFECTED .....THEIR WRITTEN AGREEMENT...

ON THE RELEVANT.... OR RELATED... POINT OR ACTION.... SHALL FIRST BE OBTAINED....

TO THE EXTEND.... THAT CAN BE REASONABLY EXPECTED....

UNDER ACHIEVED RIGHTS ....

ATTENTION SHALL NOTABLY ...BE GIVEN TO:

THE RIGHT.... TO A LIVABLE ENVIRONMENT.... WHICH WILL NOT BE TRANSFORMED....

INTO A.... NOISE RACKET MADHOUSE .

THE RIGHTS OF TENANTS.

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CHAIRMAN.... I MAY ELABORATE :

A LIVABLE ENVIRONMENT

FOR MY FOLLOWING SUMMARY ...

ON EFFECTS OF....

ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE POLLUTION ....

I MAY REFER TO.... THE JULY PUBLICATION OF... THE DUTCH NOISE POLLUTION FOUNDATION *.... WHICH IN ITS....

COMMITTEE OF RECOMMENDATION....

HAS MANY IMPORTANT CITIZENS....

AND TOP-LEVEL POLITICAL... SCIENTIFIC.... AND

GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONARIES....

INCLUDING THE FORMER DIRECTOR ....OF THE....

AMSTERDAM ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE.

I MAY SUMMARIZE :

WHEN CONSIDERING.... THE EFFECTS OF....

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION BY NOISE ....

WE MUST EMPHASIZE....THAT THIS IS....

ONE OF THE FEW....

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTERS....

WITH....P R O V E N.... DAMAGE TO HEALTH.

 

THIS DAMAGE INCLUDES .... AMONG OTHER THINGS :

HEART DISEASES.... HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.... DAMAGE TO HEARING....

SLEEP DISTURBANCES....

LEARNING PROBLEMS WITH CHILDREN....

ET CETERA....ET CETERA .

 

THEN THE RIGHTS OF TENANTS.

MORE THEN 80 PERCENT.... OF THE VOTERS HOUSEHOLDS IN AMSTERDAM....

CONSIST OF TENANTS....

INCREASINGLY.... MANY OF THESE.... BEGIN TO REALIZE ....THAT THEY CAN NO LONGER....

BE CERTAIN.... OF HOW MUCH LONGER....

THEY CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE....

IN THEIR HOMES.

SOARING GROUND PRICES.... PROBABLY TRIGGERED.... BY FREE WORLD MARKETS....

UNDER GLOBALIZATION....

AND GIGANTIC SUBSIDIES ....

FOR BUILDING PROJECTS..... HAVE CREATED.... LARGE CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS.... THREATENING TO .....VICTIMIZE TENANTS.

THE PROBLEMS ....IN RELATION TO THE.... PROPOSED BUILDING PROJECT...

FOR THE ....UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM....

AT THE... ABINNEN GASTHUIS@ AREA...

ARE AN EXAMPLE OF THIS .

IT WOULD SEEM.... THAT PART OF THE BATTLE HERE.... HAS BEEN WON....

BY ONE GROUP OF TENANTS....

BUT DO NOT ASK....

WHAT A GIGANTIC COMMITMENT....

WAS REQUIRED FOR THIS .

RARELY CAN CITIZENS....PUT SO MUCH EFFORT... INTO SAFEGUARDING....

THEIR MOST ELEMENTARY RIGHTS .

THIS WOULD BADLY .... DISORGANIZE ....

SOCIETY AS A WHOLE...

IT IS FOR THIS REASON....THAT CITIZENS HAVE... THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES...

FURTHERMORE... WE MUST REMEMBER...THAT.... TENANTS....THROUGH THEIR....

TENANTS RIGHTS.... AND CUSTOMARY LAW.... HAVE AT LEAST.... AN EQUAL RIGHT....

TO PROFIT FROM... SOARING GROUND PRICES.... AS OWNERS AND MUNICIPALITIES .

AND THAT.... BUILDING SUBSIDIES....

ARE FREQUENTLY PAYED....

WITH THEIR...TAXPAYERS MONEY IN THE END...

 

THANK YOU CHAIRMAN, I HAVE SPOKEN...

(JAN PETER KROL)


* De Nederlandse Stichting voor Geluidshinder.


The above text was handed to the aldermen and council members of the city council of Amsterdam that where present at the meeting (spoken within allotted time of 3 minutes to#).


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