Local politics has a direct impact on our lives in Heidelberg. The city is responsible for around 80 percent of all matters that citizens usually associate with the “state”. Examples include street cleaning, swimming pools, garbage collection, schools and issuing a new identity card. The theater is also a municipal institution and is financed by the city of Heidelberg.

At the municipal elections on 26 May in Heidelberg, everyone who is at least 16 years old has 48 (!) votes. These can either be submitted in full for one list or distributed among the candidates on the list(s). Candidates can get up to three votes each from one voter — until the 48 votes are “used up”.

Eligible to vote are Germans and citizens of EU member states who have their primary residence in Heidelberg.

At the last local elections in 2014, only half of those eligible voted in Heidelberg. We want to change that! Voters will receive their ballot papers by post a few weeks before the elections.

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Strengthening local public transport – building a new maintenance depot
The place “Großer Ochsenkopf” is the right location for a new and viable maintenance depot for buses and trains. In the event of a referendum, we will be committed to fighting for this location. Simultaneously, we want to develop a new urban quarter with a high proportion of affordable living space and large green spaces at the old location to give Bergheim-West a new center between DEZERNAT 16 and the Landfried area.

Residential construction – the courage for new living spaces
No new regulations, city-wide quotas or coercive measures against landlords can stop the price spiral in housing construction, but only committed construction wherever possible and reasonable. Following the example of the state, we need a living space alliance for Heidelberg with GGH, Mieterverein, Haus & Grund and other partners that recognize potential and courageously advocate more living space. We need a culture that enables residential construction, regardless of whether it comes from the private sector or from the GGH. We want to especially focus on housing for families and young adults.

Infrastructure – further upgrading public spaces
Starting with the next double budget, we aim for a “special infrastructure program” with at least one million euros that can be used flexibly. Whether it is used for digital infrastructure or for classic traffic routes, it must be flexible. We want to transfer the Landscape and Forestry Office to the First Mayor's Department so that urban planning and the design of public spaces can be carried out from under one roof. We want to turn the public squares and green spaces into a flagship of Heidelberg.

Bringing the City to the River – from East to West
We want to make the whole city of Heidelberg return to the river. We strongly support the planned route and local recreation area between the Altstadt and Bergheim. We will involve all associations active on the Neckar in our plans and use their knowledge and experience. However, “bringing the city to the river” means more to us than just that: Wherever possible, we want to improve the quality of stay by providing attractive places and areas; in the districts Altstadt and Bergheim as well as in Ziegelhausen, Schlierbach, Neuenheim, and Wieblingen. For us, this also includes reducing traffic in Schlierbach, Ziegelhausen, Altstadt, and Neuenheim by rerouting the east-west through-traffic in the river valley.

Neuenheimer Feld – Part of Heidelberg's Future
The future of the district Neuenheimer Feld is important for the future of our city. We want to strengthen this location of science, companies, and clinics and implement the results of the master plan process promptly to ensure sustainability.
At the same time, we stand by the Handschuhsheimer Feld. We want to preserve it for agriculture, allotment gardeners and local recreation. A compromise between the different interests is possible. We (like almost all planning offices) consider an additional river crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, buses/trains and cars to be reasonable.

Reducing detours – separating currents
In Heidelberg, people travel thousands of unnecessary kilometers every day, be it by bicycle, car or bus and train, because direct routes are missing. We want a program to reduce the number of detours based on the new traffic development plan 2035. Based on these figures, the urban districts must be relieved of through-traffic and direct access to the major employers in the city must be created. Wherever possible, pedestrians, cyclists, local public transport and cars must be separated from each other in order to reduce the risk of accidents and enable comfortable, rapid and safe movement.

Freedom in a young city
Heidelberg is a young city. We want to exploit this potential and offer young creative people the freedoms they need. Young adults also need an attractive party scene. It is important to establish new venues such as the Karlstorbahnhof in the district Südstadt in order to relieve the strain on the district Altstadt and create a variety of places to go. The “party locations" must be easily and safely accessible.

Digital everywhere – eliminating dead zones
Heidelberg must be a pioneer in digitalization. There must not be any more “dead zones”. All the citizens of Heidelberg must be digitally connected and have mobile access. We want to use the potential of digitalization not only for companies and private households but also in administration to make their services even more citizen-friendly.

Childcare: higher quality – lower fees
With the funds from the “Gute-KiTa law” (good child care) of the federal government, we want to further increase the quality of childcare. This means e.g. investing in the training and further education of the staff. We also want those who look after our children to be adequately remunerated. We want to invest an additional portion of the federal funds in reducing parental payments.

Preserving cultural diversity – providing freedom
Heidelberg is characterized by a multi-faceted cultural landscape, ranging from theater to a multitude of smaller cultural projects. We want to give our creative artists the freedom to evolve and support them specifically. Small projects and initiatives deserve as much recognition as larger ones. We want to give new ideas freedom so that they can unfold. This also includes the establishment of community centers for associations and people working on a voluntary basis in all districts of the city, including Rohrbach and Altstadt.

Strengthening voluntary work – removing obstacles
Bureaucracy and regulations hinder voluntary work. We want to put all fees, charges, and regulations to the test in order to give volunteers more time to do what they care about: Their work for society and their civic commitment. To this end, we want to set up a task force consisting of volunteers, members of the municipal council and the administration to achieve tangible results within the next two years.

Sport – improving training possibilities
Sport is crucial cement that holds our society together. We want the best training and competition opportunities for our athletes. We are (literally) on the right track with the new Großsporthalle (sports arena) and the Turnzentrum (gymnastics center). We will continue to expand capacities in our growing city, e.g. by adding an extension to the Köpfelhalle and in all other districts where there is a need for additional training hours. Simultaneously, we will ensure that the training grounds are in excellent condition.

Safety everywhere and for everyone
Heidelberg is on the right track with its security partnership. The number of offenses is declining, and the number of solved cases is rising. The video cameras at the main station and at Bismarckplatz will also help to improve security. We want to consolidate our security partnership with the state and expand it if necessary. We will better equip the Municipal Security Service (KOD) so that these forces can contribute effectively to maintaining order and security. We particularly want to observe the Neckarwiese. It can only be maintained as a place of local recreation for all ages and social groups if all visitors are safe there. We want to guarantee this even more effectively in the future.

Good education – quality right from the start
Heidelberg is honored by the Bertelsmann Foundation as an excellent school location. We want to create the best conditions for students and teachers. The school refurbishment program and the digitalization of schools must be pursued vigorously. We are demanding a further acceleration of this program and have already implemented additional renovation measures – e.g. at the Bunsen Gymnasium – in the past double budget.

Economizing with reason and foresight
Regarding the city budget, we must be moderate. We must encourage those who are Heidelberg's financial backbone and give them room to maneuver: our companies and our middle class. This requires space and a positive political attitude towards those who create jobs and prosperity. We want to improve the revenue of the city for future generations and reduce new indebtedness so that there will still be room to maneuver in the future.

Do you also care about these issues?

Then please support the CDU Heidelberg list (list 1) in the local elections on 26 May 2019 with your 48 votes!


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