They have long been part of the urban landscape: homeless camps in parks and squares. In Berlin’s largest district of Pankow, the Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, the Thälmannpark and the Park-and-Ride Pankow-Heinersdorf car park are affected. “Tent camps are regularly set up there and can be expected to happen again in the warmer months,” confirms Pankow city councilor Daniel Krüger (for AfD).
The Pankow CDU now wants the tent cities to be dissolved, at least in the Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. He submitted a corresponding application to the district office in the last BVV. The regulatory office was “called urgently” to stop illegal camping there.
“Last year I was asked several times by residents around Syringenplatz that illegal overnight stays took place in the green spaces of the Blumenviertel and that people often drank and celebrated in the evenings,” reports CDU policy Denise Bittner. “For me, Syringenplatz is my daily bicycle journey home. However, I often took a detour in the dark in the evening, because the people who camped there and often party in the evening created a notable feeling of insecurity.”
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According to Bittner, the residents have informed the authorities several times. “As illegal camping is now spreading even in the already extremely busy Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, it is urgent to bring the matter to the BVV.” Not only would the residents be disturbed, “there are also negative effects on flora and fauna”.
The regulatory office confirms Bittner’s experiences. Mostly “Eastern European citizens” would camp in the green spaces. “They often find themselves in a desolate state of health – due to alcohol consumption, it is often difficult to find a suitable approach here,” says Krüger. “Parks with good transport links and supply options such as supermarkets nearby are popular. Sometimes there are also tent cities in the Thälmannpark, behind the planetarium ”.
According to Krüger, camping is generally prohibited there under the Green Space Act: “In other cities it is relatively restrictive, but in Berlin it is managed freely.” The city council thinks it’s wrong: “If you allow it, there will eventually be more and more tent cities with all the collateral damage.”
Anyone who notices the tents must inform the relevant authorities
However, the regulatory office cannot act there itself. “The owner of the park area is the Department of Roads and Parks, which should work there,” says Krüger. “We have regularly informed them of the situation.” However, the SGA does nothing, “so the parks are used as a cost-effective option. If the SGA came into action, we would definitely support it.”
Krüger cites the development at the Heinersdorf P + R site as a positive example. “There were mainly Sinti and Roma camped out and other commuters no longer dared to use this parking lot,” he says. “After two years, the Roads and Parks Department has initiated measures and made a free cut to create reasonable visual reports and remove the scary areas. Illegally parked vehicles have been taken away.” The situation should be monitored again in the spring. ” You have to react quickly so it doesn’t settle down again. “
The Roads and Parks Office (SGA) confirms the developments, but rejects Krüger’s allegations. “It is true that more and more homeless camps have been noticed recently in Thälmannpark,” said District Councilor Vollrad Kuhn (Verdi). But: “I can only disagree with Mr. Krüger’s statement that the SGA is not active here.” SGA employees are required to “implement the procedure discussed by the homeless working group”.
This means: anyone who notices the tents should inform the responsible authorities and the body responsible for the measures, Orizzonti. “The homeless are then notified of offers of help and support from employees of the responsible agency, Horizonte gGmbH, and are asked to vacate the area immediately,” says Kuhn.
Otherwise, “in the next step, the people met will be invited by the employees of the public order office to leave the green area”. It is not true that the Krüger office cannot intervene here, says Kuhn. It is likely that the employees of the public order office will issue a place reference “and they must / should behave like this even on first contact”. Police assistance is required for larger groups. Kuhn: “It is correct that the SGA is therefore responsible for the removal of vacant housing.”
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