Another Amsterdam’ city council committee meeting FEZ (Financial & Economical Affairs) took place on October 3rd, where the ADM terrain was on the agenda. To most councilors it is obvious that no shipyard will be started, which is the only activity that is legally allowed on the ADM terrain (43 ha). In spite of the controversy and contradictory expert advice, Udo Kock, the alderman (=> wethouder) insisted he does not have a choice but to evict the ADM because he has to uphold the law.
Originally published by ADM.
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Of course most people feel that respecting the law would mean waiting until the legal fight against the permission for an asbestos company to start on the ADM terrain is over. There is no date set for this appeal, and our left/green council accepts that eviction comes first, and that getting our right as citizens is of minor importance.
To ease the pain, the council is offering the current ADMrs a 2 ha piece of polluted wasteland beside the A10 motorway in the north of Amsterdam, for the duration of only two years. This terrain offer comes with many restrictions: no more cultural events or festivals, very little space to work and no communal or public spaces. There is not enough room for even half the ADMrs, and where are all the ships supposed to go? The ADM forest, habitat for wild animals and rare species will not be relocated…
ADMrs have been looking around for additional alternatives, but nothing concrete has come out so far or is likely to be realized before the 25th of December, the date that everyone on the ADM terrain is expected to have moved out voluntarily. To date the only realistic option is to keep what is here. Why evict for some hardly realistic business plan, which is all that is needed to get rid of the ADM community.
Without restrictions on land use, or with a local authority that can not be bothered to ensure the restrictions are respected, the terrain will at least triple in value. The ONLY people that will benefit from an eviction are the Chidda’s (The heirs of Bertus Lüske), who are jumping on this chance to multiply their fortune. A fortune that was made with public money, as the council paid millions to get the family to give up their property in town, in order to clear the inner city of money laundering, thuggery and intimidation that secured the family business.
The ADMrs have put in a massive effort to look for realistic alternatives and to continue to keep every option open, and to try and convince the council of the value of the ADM, fitting exactly into the brand new coalition priorities. But to no avail so far. It is now up to all of us, to all of Amsterdam and to the worldwide community that is connected to the ADM to put a stop to this madness and create a better future for the ADM and the rest of Amsterdam.
ADM, October 7, 2018
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