Park with a shady side

Park with a shady side

Partying until 4 a.M. Is the rule rather than the exception, especially during annafest, observes volker noffke. He lives at bambergerstrabe 30 and regularly spends restless hours in summer. Rousing youths at night, in the morning the park full of broken glass, food scraps and mull.
Noffke says he also speaks on behalf of many residents. They are afraid because of the "negative touch" of the young drivers the bamberger strabe is being granted.

Unjustifiably, as the businessman points out: restaurant and inn operators, business people and residents "all make sure that the street is tip-top". And also the park with the fountain and the herb snail contributes to the sparseness of the strabe. "But what good does it do if the city's public works department puts a lot of love into fixing up the park and then 40 to 50 young people come at night with boxes?, asks noffke.

The public order office "is aware of the problem", as klaus backer, the head of the local authority in charge, says: "there is always a party going on." The police were last informed two weeks ago, says backer; after all, he can't send someone from the "public order office" to check the park's bylaws."

Regular complaints

But this also applies to the police. "It is like the red wall before it was closed, there are regular complaints that there is "partying", confirms robert schaffranietz, the deputy head of the forchheim police department. Preventive patrols during the festival are difficult", there is a lack of personnel, says schaffranietz. Nevertheless, his colleague rainer schmeuber emphasizes, "the city park is being checked. The police in forchheim were not able to detect any serious violations recently." Of course, says schmeuber, "again and again young people have been reprimanded for being too loud or leaving litter behind. But it has, for example, "no age restrictions" in contact with alcohol given.

Volker noffke sees one cause of the problem in the "parking regulations" – the police are wishy-washy – especially when it comes to dealing with alcohol. "When mabiger alcohol consumption is expressly allowed", says noffke, then it is no wonder that too much is drunk quickly. The regularly uprooted flowers in the bamberger strabe and the overturned plant cubes are related to the "drinking parties" by the resident in the park. This demotivates residents: "the commitment of people in bamberger strabe is declining."

Because the penalty "deserves more" volker noffke calls for a rethink: "the city needs a social worker." Paragraph 2 of the park regulations governs "behavior" at the 31 forchheim bases. Point 13 of this paragraph "prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages of a grosser nature".
In this context, rainer schmeuber speaks of an "undefined legal term". And klaus backer says that the bylaws from 1974 are being revised precisely for this reason.

On the other hand, the police and the public order office point out that the park visits of the youth are acceptable: "the park is also meant for visitor traffic", says rainer schmeuber. And klaus backer emphasizes "that it is not yet forbidden in germany to sit down and have a drink".

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