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(en) Poland, rozbrat: The Medical University is devastating the green area of Grunwald [machine translation]

Date Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:51:05 +0200

On October 25 at 14 on ul. Grunwaldzka No. 55 will host a press conference organized by the ZaZielen Poznan Coalition. Participants in it will be residents of Grunwald, representatives of the Green Grunwald Association, chiropterologist on behalf of the Naturalists 'Club, dendrologist from the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, ornithologist on behalf of the Naturalists' Club, representative of the Rozbrat Collective. Below, we submit a statement regarding the issues raised during the planned conference. ---- The Medical University is devastating the green area of Grunwald ---- On ul. Grunwaldzka 55 Medical University originally planned to expand the existing hospital on a small scale, but the current plans assume the construction of the Central Clinical Hospital. It is to be built in the immediate vicinity of close residential buildings, in the area of conservation protection in an exceptionally rich natural resource.

At the beginning of October, the university started to demolish barracks using excavators.

Currently, under the pretext of demolition of buildings on the entire area, low greenery and bushes are cut out, which constitute bird's habitats. In this way, the university plans to annul the ornithological inventory planned for the spring of 2019, because the destruction of these habitats will result in the extermination of a dozen or so species of birds currently living in the whole area. In addition, due to carelessly carried out demolition work, many tree trunks have been damaged, including oaks and their branches were cut off. Rubble and boards left after the demolition of buildings have become a shelter for protected amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs. Removal of such residues in the autumn and winter season will result in the killing of animals seeking shelter in them. Destruction of green is also progressing in the 30-meter belt, which the university undertook to keep as a buffer belt between the future investment and residential development from ul. Ostroroga.

The University only after the intervention of the Naturalists' Club informing the RDEP about activities destroying the habitats of species of protected animals (especially bats) carried out an inventory of the demolished buildings for the presence of bat and bird habitats and taking compensatory measures. Inventory, however, was carried out incorrectly, and therefore did not show all species of bats living in the area. On October 22, in one of the bunkers, the chiropterologist recently found a killed bat, a species that is completely protected. The investor also malfunctionedly closed the cellars, which resulted in the imprisonment in one of them of the bat with the cat, which dramatically tried to get out.

The abovementioned cases violate art. 52 of the Act on Nature Conservation and paragraph 6 of the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment on animal species protection. Demolition works carried out at the request of the Medical University are therefore illegal.

In connection with the above, we demand from the Medical University:

suspending work that may prevent the planned inventory from being carried out, until it is completed;
conducting a full environmental inventory (trees and shrubs, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals) in specific periods dedicated to specific species, allowing for a real assessment of the situation;
carry out cleaning works after stopping the demolition in a way that will not cause further losses in the natural environment.
We demand from the city authorities and RDOS, in turn:

withdrawal of the decision exempting the investor from carrying out the Environmental Impact Assessment of 2013, in which it was found that there is "run-down trees" and "no protected species" on the site, which is not consistent with the actual state.
Area at ul. Grunwaldzka 55 is one of the green areas in Poznan, which is threatened by buildings. This threat results from the policy pursued by the city authorities in cooperation with the Medical University. Both entities provide the social side that the planned hospital will not take up more than half of the total area. The scale of current demolition works indicates, however, that Grunwald is being threatened by a much larger investment that causes a much greater devastation of the green area.

The ZaZielen Poznan Coalition is a social initiative gathering city councilors from Naramowice, Umultowa, Kolektyw Kapielisko, Kolektyw Rozbrat, the Zielony Grunwald Association, the Zielona Staroleka Association, the management board of the Surma Archery Club operating in the Kasprowicz Park.

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