Deutsche Bahn, IHK and numerous companies hope to build a container depot in Regensburg. But the CSU co-government opposes the coalition line.
Regensburg – Once again, the CSU in the Regensburg City Hall misled Mayor Gertrud Maltz-Schwarzfischer (SPD) and her partner in the ruling coalition. In a press release this week, the largest government faction announced it would oppose a long-planned container warehouse in the east of the city. Regensburg agree.
Chaotic days in the Regensburg city government: CSU against the rest of the coalition
The coalition, which includes Free Voters, SPD, FDP and CSB as well as the CSU, does not have a majority of its own for the bill. This is a new high point Constant dispute between the CSU on one side and the rest of the coalition at the Regensburg town hall on the other side.
The CSU not only despises its political partners, but also the IHK. Its CEO, Jürgen Helmes, has now sent a letter to city councilors asking for their approval of the project, which is on the agenda for a special planning committee meeting next week.
Container depot in Regensburg: plans have been in place for more than ten years
The approximately twelve-hectare area east of the Odessa Ring has been designated as an industrial zone for almost 20 years. Deutsche Bahn has been following the plan since 2012 for another empty container warehouse on the site. Every day some 600 containers are handled, cleaned and repaired, which are stacked up to 17 meters high.
The decision to draw up the corresponding development plan dates from November 2016, which now, six years later, should be legally binding.
Container depot in Regensburg: the CSU itself does not entirely agree
An eloquent opponent of the project has always been Bernadette Dechant, spokesperson for the Hohes Kreuz citizens’ movement and vice-chair of the CSU parliamentary group. She now she has the majority of her group on her side.
In an internal vote last week, not only the container warehouse was rejected by a majority, but also the request to let the CSU councilmen decide according to their conscience and release the vote. Individual CSU members speak of a “devastating attitude” on the part of the majority of the parliamentary group.
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CSU versus container depot: lack of understanding in the regional economy
and not only Deutsche Bahn and IHK express incomprehension. Bayernhafen also considers that this container depot is urgently needed. Container storage areas are a limiting factor for the port.
The Regensburg logistics initiative was also pronounced, an association to which some 30 companies belong as well as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Chamber of Crafts. A letter to the town hall says:
“From our point of view, it is important to understand in this project (…) that –although there is undoubtedly an impact on the environment– the ’empty container deposit’ project contributes to protecting other natural resources – and at the same time the economic base of our region to ensure.” The intended location for this is “no alternative”.
CSU vs. container depot: “Coalition deal broken”
But the CSU hasn’t been deterred by this so far. The area is too valuable to store containers there. Companies that create jobs and are “innovative and climate neutral” should settle here, according to the succinctly mentioned press release.
SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Burger speaks at this renewed departure from the CSU, which has been around for a long time. in the large urban railway projectof a clear breach of the coalition agreement that will have serious consequences.
Criticism of the CSU: “The need to make a name is above the interests of the Regensburg headquarters”
Container depot is an important component in the goal of increasing freight traffic from road to rail. And they took a long time to address any resident concerns.
At the decisive meeting next Tuesday, according to Burger, everyone can now see “whether the business and environmental members of the CSU caucus will be strong enough to vote according to their convictions.” Or if they loosely subordinate to a strategy that puts the individual drive to distinguish themselves above the additional positive development of the Regensburg location.”
The SPD seeks majorities without the CSU
The SPD is currently trying to get the Greens on their side. Although the majority was against the deposit in the past, the opinion was not unanimous.
The possibility of establishing majorities outside the CSU could make it acceptable for the eco-party to vote with the rest of the ruling coalition. For this reason, there is an internal meeting on the weekend.