Wood burning restricted. A ban on feeding birds, confetti and advertising leaflets in the letterbox. These and two other bans have been nominated by councilors to be introduced in Apeldoorn. How promising are those ideas?
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Twice a year, officials and the municipal council examine whether the general local ordinance (APV) is still compliant. Should there be rules added to that ‘local law book’? Can something be removed that is no longer useful?
Recently, the political parties in the municipal council have been expressly invited to come up with a proposal in this area. GroenLinks and the Party for the Animals have now taken advantage of this. They raised seven topics.
Officials looked into it and made a decision. Including about a ‘feeding ban for birds in public spaces’ and ‘confetti/serpentines ban’. As far as the municipality is concerned, there is currently no problem in either area that requires special rules in the off-road permit.
The parties also advocate limiting the use of wood stoves and fireplaces. For example, through a municipal ban on burning if a boiler alert applies. Possibly also by discouraging the purchase of wood stoves. That is complicated matter. There are a number of rules that provide a basis for this, but strict implementation is difficult. It is especially difficult to enforce it.
PvdD councilor Arjan Groters knows that these types of proposals can act like a red rag. For example, some see burning wood as a personal freedom that the government should not touch. “Your freedom ends where someone else’s begins,” says Groters. “With wood burning you can really hinder others. There are people who cannot go outside in unfavorable weather conditions when others are lighting their fires.”
A ban on confetti and serpentine then. Isn’t banning something like that patronizing? “No, because there are plenty of alternatives.”
Grandma in the park
“You know, these kinds of proposals quickly become a caricature. Take that ban on feeding birds. We are of course not saying that no one can hang a fat ball in the garden anymore. And I certainly don’t want to ban every grandmother from feeding her grandchild to feed the ducks in the park.”
“These are rules that are intended to be kept at hand, so that you can take action in appropriate cases – if something is really a problem. Consider the nuisance caused by geese in De Maten. It played a role in this that people who feed the animals At the moment you cannot take action against this, but with such a ban you can.”
Another counterargument: Some of these types of regulations are crumbs when compared to other sources of pollution. Rather, tackle major polluters in heavy industry, for example.
“Oh certainly, I agree that the policy on sustainability is now too focused on the individual. At the same time: the problem is so big, it is great that you can start improving on several points. It has to start. If local politicians “We mainly have local influence, so we look at what we can achieve here. But it is a both-and. Improvement must also be initiated at other levels.”
Suggestions also include a ban on fossil fuel leaf blowers. Not feasible, the municipality concludes. Apeldoorn already has conditions regarding noise pollution. And ‘neighbours can also address each other in the event of excessive nuisance’, officials note.
And when there is a ‘ban on pruning during the breeding season’, the response is that there are national rules for this. All in all, the harvest is meager.
The biggest opportunity at the moment is a ban on unaddressed mail. In concrete terms, this would mean that no more brochures will be delivered to your home, unless you clearly indicate that you do want to receive them. Via a YES-YES sticker on the mailbox. This is already practice in a number of municipalities.
This is also feasible in Apeldoorn if politicians choose to do so. Something to redeem? The PvdD will not immediately try that. Because she has already suggested this idea twice in the municipal council and then there was no majority.
Groots: “But we won’t let it go either.” The same is said by GroenLinks, which would like to see fine amounts included in the APV, for example for causing litter. Now rejected, because such a thing is laid down nationally. GL plans to do so. to come back to.
-Photo: Pim Velthuizen