News from Amsterdam

To the front page

11/1 Jurists want to stay in Oudemanhuispoort

8/2 Mayor’s portrait

8/2 Websites for social cohesion

7/2 Spreading tourism proceeds with difficulty

7/2 GroenLinks on districts: Be a man

6/2 Zuideramstel opens new office on Sabbath

5/2 The truth about integration

4/2 Wilders has little support on Amsterdam

3/2 Elite involved in neighbourhood

2/2 Johnnie Walker avoids taxes in Amsterdam

1/2 Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

31/1 Wooden rowing boats to disappear from Amstel

31/1 ZeeburgTV launched

27/1 Privacy activists to mess up loyalty card system

27/1 A few were still coughing, but that was an act

27/1 Chrisis in de Baarsjes

26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

1/1 Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza

1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


2008 Archive

2007 Archive

2006 Archive

2005 Archive






Oud-West does not listen to residents

Wim Wisman

29 May 2008 - Let's list them, the plans of the three district alderman. They represent PvdA, GroenLinks and the VVD. This trio burdens the residents of Oud-West with a number of misbegotten, large-scale plans, sometimes invoking article 19.2 [allowing the municipality to disregard the zoning plan - ed].

1. The most well-known plan regards the former tram depot; de Hallen, at the Bellamyplein. Harry de Winter and his partners are determined to realise the third-largest entertainment centre of Amsterdam here. Residents'   association Rond de Hallen has proposed good alternatives, but these have not been taken into consideration by the administrative trio. They set their own course, with support from the district council.

2. The residents of the Cremerbuurt oppose a car park underneath their beautiful square with playground and large trees. What will remain of all that?

3. Plans to realise a new hotel at the beginning of the Kinkerstraat are being opposed by the neighbourhood. These are characteristic buildings that may be demolished or mutilated; both at street level and at higher levels. The characteristic rooftops will disappear, as will the inner court.

4. At the Nassaukade, around the corner from the Kinkerstraat, there will be a harbour for electrical boats and water buses in the Singel canal. There will also be a boat rental. Will the Nassaukade be able to cope with the expected bustle?

These are four plans at different stages of their execution, that will be carried out without the support of the residents of Oud-West, as far as the district administration is concerned.

The Council of State and Amsterdam's environmental plan can (hopefully) still postpone the plans, so as to enable residents and district administration to jointly develop new and acceptable plans.

Wim Wisman is a neighbourhood resident. Image: artist impression of De Hallen (Oud-West district)


Want to receive News from Amsterdam? Click here

This is the old website. Please find new content here