Local Round-Up: Sweden wants Denmark to stop dumping toxic Lynetteholm sludge in Køge Bay

Sweden wants Denmark to stop dumping sludge in Køge Bay because it is harmful to maritime life.

Derived from the site of the Lynetteholm island in the near Nordhavn, about 228,000 cubic meters of sludge has been transported to Køge Bay and dumped in the since 6 January.

An additional 2.3 million will be dumped over the coming years.

Swedish Minister: It is harmful to marine life
Annika Strandhäll, the Swedish Minister of the Environment, has confirmed that she sent a letter to the Danish government on 18 March, in which they appealed to them to stop, as it was the government that allowed -owned By & Havn to proceed.

Specifically addressed to the Ministers of Transport and the Environment, Trine Bramsen and Lea Wermelin, Strandhäll argues that Køge Bay is an “inappropriate” place to dump contaminated sludge, as it can “significantly affect the marine environment of the and the Baltic Sea”.

Local municipalities were also against
The Danish municipalities of Greve, Stevns, Køge, Solrød, Vallensbæk, Brøndby and Ishøj have formed ‘Fælles Front’, a movement to stop dumping.

Opponents claim that the sludge contains harmful toxins and nutrients, including heavy metals such as mercury and excess nitrogen (and thus in violation of EU directives).

The town hall’s leftover funds earmarked for climate, children and the vulnerable
On Tuesday, ’s Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen secured the necessary support to set aside unused funds from 2021 for three main recipients: the climate, children and the vulnerable. It is believed that they will all receive triple-digit million amounts. Among the priority measures are to improve the safety of transport near schools, to improve the safety of selected cycle paths, to offer rent subsidies for the homeless and housing for people with mental illnesses and to spend DKK 7.3 million on giving Sundbyvester Plads on a green area . makeover.

Police admit they had no right to conduct random checks to see if bicycles were stolen
Copenhagen Police did not have legal authority to stop cyclists in February and check their bicycle serial numbers to see if they had been stolen. A total of 3,800 cyclists were stopped and 30 charged. The police cited section 77 of the Traffic Act as justification for stopping cyclists at random, but now admit that the law does not allow such checks. Instead, the police must have a reasonable reason or suspicion to stop someone. A town hall survey last summer showed that 20 percent of Copenhageners had a bicycle stolen within the previous year. There were a total of 14,429 reported bicycle thefts in Copenhagen in 2020, which resulted in just 138 people being charged with theft.

City Hall back plans to allow outdoor seating on the street across the entire municipality
A majority at Copenhagen City Hall has backed the plans to allow more outdoor dining at bars and restaurants throughout the city – more specifically in the parking lots outside the establishments. In 2020, City Hall introduced the concept to the city center, but the pandemic hindered efforts to reap the benefits, and in 2021, only restaurants were allowed to do so. DKK 2.8 million has been set aside to help bar and owners inhabit the car parks. First, they must submit an application, as expansion will not be possible on roads where parking is above a certain demand. Permission from the police is also required. Owners must pack their outdoor seating together no later than 6 p.m. 22.00 to ensure that neighbors are not kept awake by hassle.

Electric scooter company signs agreement with Frederiksberg Municipality
The electric scooter company Bolt has entered into an agreement with Frederiksberg Municipality to operate in the enclave. Over the next few months, it will release 125 electric scooters, which will be available for rent from selected parking zones, which Bolt and the municipality have designed jointly. The scooters can be easily found and booked via the Bolt app. The municipality chose Bolt, which also operates scooters in Copenhagen and , because it is the ideal partner to support its green ambitions with its sustainable service. Bolt is one of Europe’s leading electric scooter operators, overseeing a fleet of more than 130,000 in 170+ cities in 20 countries.

Amager Fælleds Venner reports the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to the ombudsman
Amager Fælleds Venner (AFV), the group that opposes plans to build on the common ground to a large extent, has lodged an official complaint with the ombudsman about the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s behavior. Its complaint accuses the Danish Environmental Protection Agency of “completely grotesque” double standards, describing how the agency has ridiculed AFV’s efforts to document the presence of each protected great newt, but failed to intervene when the City of Copenhagen removed seven ‘kvas piles’ – garden waste piles, which earns i.a. habitats of the reptile.

Vanløse church destroyed in fire must be rebuilt
Hyltebjerg Church on Ålekistevej in Vanløse was largely destroyed by a fire on Monday night. The remaining structure is unstable and this has made it difficult for investigators to determine the cause. However, they suspect that the fire was caused by an electrical fault. The pastor of the church was able to salvage important items as he fled from the church along with the entire choir. One day after the fire, local authorities agreed that the church should be rebuilt.

Three public harbor basins will remain open until 30 September
The summer bathing season is extended by an extra month at , Fisketorvet and Sluseholmen harbor basins. In recent years, higher temperatures in the early fall have warranted having open swimming pools available to the public, and all three remain open until September 30th. The town hall has found an extra 700,000 kroner in the budget to cover the expenses.

The town hall will plant another 100 trees in
City Hall has confirmed plans to plant 100 trees in Fælledparken – among other things to replace trees that have been blown down in recent storms. Authorities will also cut down a few trees believed to be too old or infested with disease to make room for the newcomers, but not near as many as 100.

Source: The Nordic Page

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