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Neighbours want fence to hide new hospice

The Local · 23 Feb 2012, 11:31

Published: 23 Feb 2012 11:31 GMT+01:00

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The building, a former church community hall, is expected to be bought by the German Red Cross (DRK) in the next few days and turned into a hospice for dying people by spring 2013.

Speaking to Die Welt newspaper, Harald Krüger, head of the local DRK office, described the location as “ideal.”

“It’s a pure, very beautiful, very well-kept residential area,” he added. “It is an environment in which people should spend their last days.”

But local residents are unhappy, fearing that the hospice will affect property values, and have asked for a fence to hide the building.

“The issue of death is not directly addressed,” said local pastor Hella Lemke. “But I think that is behind (the opposition).”

The DRK has no legal obstacles to the construction, but Krüger is determined to keep the relationship with the neighbours positive.

“We want to get on with the people we have as neighbours,” he told Die Welt. “That’s why we’re looking for solutions to the problems and fears. For example, we can make sure that no mortuary vans come by when children are playing in the road or people are sitting down to their dinner.”

Many in the local community are reluctant to express their criticism openly. One local, who declined to be named, told the paper, “It’s not exactly nice.”

“Once the hospice is there, life will soon go back to normal,” promised Krüger. “It’s not as if there will be a grave site there, but a house where people will live and have a quality of life they couldn’t have at home.”

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He also said that while he thinks most locals will come to accept the hospice at the end of their road, “there will be a few left who we won’t be able to reach.”

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14:03 February 23, 2012 by LecteurX
In the country where people invented signs saying "Kinderspielen verboten", you'd think they would be more acceptant of their neighbours at the other end of the age pyramid... hell, no they don't want no oldies either.

Nimbyism at its very worse.
19:29 February 23, 2012 by Grumpy Old Man
Grow up, people of Hamburg! Even you will die, whether you like it or not.
22:40 February 23, 2012 by murka
How come that in the country of regulations there "no legal obstacles" for building a hospital right next to the people's homes. There is a similar situation in our street, where long time residents can now hear moaning and screams while sitting on their terrace on Sunday. I don't think the patients have anything from it. Hospitals belong to a nice green area with a park and singing birds around.
17:43 February 27, 2012 by DoubleDTown
indeed it's NIMBYism, but they have a good point that doesn't relate to death. It relates to the care of the patients while they are still there. This is a residential neighborhood, but the facility will require caregivers coming and going, visitors coming and going, catering suppliers coming and going, laundry suppliers coming and going, etc. all on a regular and never ending basis.
20:48 March 15, 2012 by ChuChu
Wait, one day YOU or a loved one might need this facility.....SHAME on you, even

the dying can do so in dignity! As if the end will not come to you as well..
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