for the municipal elections 2021
At our assembly on October 3rd, we not only elected our candidates, but also decided on our election programme. Our programme is the result of months of work. We held internal workshops, thought about our vision for Darmstadt, talked to experts and associations, and above all did a lot of research. We looked around Europe to see how similar cities have successfully solved similar problems and incorporated these best practices into our programme.
You are still missing a topic? You have better ideas or constructive feedback? Great! We look forward to your input, and are excited to learn what we can improve. Feel free to write us 🙂
Our way to do politics
- The city council meeting is to be recorded or broadcast live. Decisions on proposals must be able to be followed
- Parliamentary information – such as resolutions – must be made more comprehensive and user-friendly for citizens
- increased communication of the existing offerings
- broader publicity and more public outreach
- make it easier for people to take part in programmes
- increase financial support for associations and initiatives
- establish a “Citizen‘s Participation Day“
- We are committed to an open, factual and pragmatic culture of discussion and decision-making in the City Council. We want to communicate with each other in a respectful and appreciative manner - both in the city council meeting and in all other situations.
- More mobility and quality of life in the city center: less cars, more space for pedestrians & cyclists and more public transport
- Development of Darmstadt to become the most bicycle-friendly city in Hesse, following European models such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam
- Creation of a mobility department that includes the city police, the road traffic office and HEAG mobilo as mobility provider
- Minimizing emissions through consistent speed limit in the city of 30 km/h; 40 km/h for major arterial roads
- Promote car-, bike- and e-scooter-sharing as an alternative to owning a car
Public Transport (ÖPNV) specifically
- Expansion of public transport (also in the periphery)
- Create attractive park & ride options
- Reduce public transport ticket prices; examine whether financing is possible via a tax based on a percentage of income or a €365 annual ticket.
- Introduce barrier-free public transport across the board, so that everyone can use public transport without problems
Climate protection, environment & energy
- All holdings, agencies, business, services providers etc. owned or controlled by the city of Darmstadt shall be submitted to the cities target to become CO2 neutral by 2035
- Ensure achievement of climate strategy targets through consistent monitoring and follow-up
- Consistently solicit & acquire European and national funding so that saving the climate does not fail due to lack of money
Eco-friendly urban development
- Urban landscaping with a plan: for insect protection and minimizing dispersal of pollen triggering allergies
- Green roofs + green facades = cool rooms, because in a green courtyard you can better relax and enjoy meeting your new neighbours
- A forest management that defies climate change
Involve businesses and personal diet as a Climate Tool
- At our weekly farmers-market you can also shop with an app - regional, digital, from farm to table.
- Our Darmstadt-App will show you where to find good vegetarian and vegan food - this will please hungry gourmets as well as smart restaurant owners.
- We call for a sustainable business park: This is where the economy of tomorrow will be created, because this is where solutions to climate change are being worked on
- A Green Expo for Darmstadt - Darmstadt becomes an innovation hub for environment and sustainability - universities, congress centers, companies, it‘s all here. Sustainable companies can present themselves and network at the city‘s own trade fair
Local ideas for a better future
- Without you, we won‘t save the climate! Therefore: A climate protection association from Darmstadt for Darmstadt
Long-term protection against excessive rents
- Increasing the attractiveness of peripheral regions (e.g. via public transport) in order to ease the pressure on the housing market in Darmstadt.
- Restructure Bauverein AG. As a social landlord, they should stop distributing dividends to the city and no longer operate on a profit-oriented basis.
Create new housing
- Promotion of ecological and economic redensification
- Building projects for individuals and groups need to be simplified; the city should act as a coordination and advisory body to remove hurdles
Sustainable City Development
- Review and adapt development plans to changing conditions at regular intervals of no more than five years
- Increase cooperation with universities for innovative urban development concepts and transformation instead of expansion
- Fiber optic expansion
- Close wireless gaps in the 4G network and promote 5G technology
- Expand public Wifi
- Enabling digital, quick & convenient interaction with municipal authorities from your home
- Realizing digitization of public administration internally for increased efficiency
Digitalstadt Darmstadt (~Digital City Darmstadt)
- Data protection and privacy is paramount
- No video surveillance at Luisenplatz (or anywhere else in the city), because Darmstadt is the safest non-county city in Hesse
- Open data: make city data publicly available so that it can be used for research and urban development
Improve learning conditions & support teachers
- Modern & functional buildings through transparent planning & active and constructive participation of parents and students.
- „Campus manager“ for administrative management tasks, so that teachers and school board can concentrate on the students
Pragmatic and innovative solutions
- Own school IT helpdesk, so teachers can focus on teaching - and not on IT
- project-based cooperation between schools in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany and Europe via (digital) work platforms
Education as foundation for the future
- Cooperation & active promotion of the exchange of best practices
- School-independent contact persons for parents and students in case of problems
- Introduction of a self-governed budget for the student body
- Making democratic values tangible, e.g. through the support of political simulation games
Equal opportunities for children and families
- Support for learning German should be continued in daycare centers, even after related programs run by the state of Hessian have been terminated
- Expansion of existing places in the women‘s shelter and expansion of publicly funded social work and awareness building on domestic violence against men.
- An LGBTIQ+ contact person in the youth welfare office who citizens can turn to for these topics.
Equal opportunities at the workplace
- Continue to pursue the city‘s gender equality plan
- Establish city-supported workshops on dealing with cultural diversity for companies
- All municipal buildings must be easily accessible for people with special needs
- Recognize and make volunteer work visible as an indispensable contribution to culture, society, and education in Darmstadt
Equal opportunities for newcomers and EU citizens
- The provision of educationally relevant information
- Volt advocates for inclusion, integration, anti-discrimination and equality in all its decisions
Culture & Art
Diversity, Inclusion and European Cultural Exchange
- Preservation and expansion of the diversity of major cultural events such as the Heinerfest, Schlossgrabenfest or Christopher Street Day.
- Expanding cultural exchange with Darmstadt‘s European partner cities
- Appointment of a mayor designated to nightlife matters to strengthen and maintain Darmstadt‘s nightlife (after Corona)
- Maintaining and enhancing public spaces and recreational opportunities, as there is a lack of freely accessible cultural and recreational offerings, especially outdoors
- Improvement of security in Darmstadt through small projects such as a supported “women‘s night cab” or an independent reporting office for the city police to ensure the control of power within our constitutional state.
Europe in Darmstadt
Support Europeans to get started in Darmstadt
- Implementation of an EU-Welcome-Desk, as an information platform in physical and virtual form, which bundles and enhances the existing offer for the integration of citizens from other EU countries.
- Establishment of a community network under the umbrella of the EU Welcome Desk. This is intended to promote the cultural diversity of Darmstadt and make it easier for new citizens to establish private contacts.
- Integration into the European community through increased cooperation with the European partner cities