Heated debate on drug-dealing and dead town centre
”Admit that the situation in the town centre is in a state of crisis'”. That is the challenge politicians in all parties faced in an appeal from eight prominent local names published in Kristianstadsbladet.
They want all the parties to join forces and make a concerted effort against drug-dealing, towards better safety in pedestrian areas, and for more surveillance cameras. They think that far more night patrollers are needed. There’s no hurry to build new swimming-baths, but Kristianstad Högskola should move into Galleria Boulevard. They think that one vision ought to be of a drug-free town.
Kristianstad Traders’ Association has held an emergency meeting. Some of their suggestions are clearer signposting to the town centre, more pollards to stop illicit traffic, and to alow card to use part of Södra Kaserngatan.
– We must open up the ways into town, so that people can find their way here again and we get a flow into the town, says Thomas Ekberg, chairman of the Traders’ Association.
The technical committee is responsible for traffic in the town. One topic that has been discussed how to increase traffic safety in the town centre.
– Now we’re charging the administration to look carefully at the present traffic situation, to see what possibilities there are and to estimate the cost, says Qalinle Dayib (C), chairman of the technical committee.
The question will be discussed again by the committee at its meeting in October.
Footnote: Rådhus Skåne will be open on Saturday 12th October between 11 am and 3 pm. You are welcome to come in and speak to politicians and people who work there. You can ask about whatever you wish. One of the main themes for the day is ”A living town centre”, with talks and an exchange of ideas. Coffee.