Monday, 6 April 2009

Does UNESCO know?

The big question is does UNESCO know about what is happening in Cesky Krumlov.

For those of you who have not been following my posts about the destruction which is happening in the name of flood reduction. Here is a brief summary of what has happened so far:

  • 21 mature trees have been cut down from the banks of the River Vltava and the island just downstream of the Lazebnicky Bridge.
  • The island itself (a natural feature which can be seen in historic pictures of Krumlov) is under threat of removal.
  • The natural banks will be replaced with concrete ones under the proposed "flood prevention" measures.
  • The river weir at the foot of the castle will be replaced by a modern metal one.
All the above will have a major impact on the historic aesthetic of the town, particularly as the river falls considerably in the summer from its winter levels which will mean that the concrete will be particularly visible at the time when the town is most full of visitors.

The local community has reacted with horror.
  • A recent open letter to the Town Council collected over 800 signatures in a matter of a fortnight and the number continues to rise.
  • All the residents in Parkan Street, the street the Town Council claims to be protecting have all expressed their unhappiness.
  • Proper consultation clearly has not taken place - no one knew about the proposals until the bulldozers arrived.
So where does UNESCO stand on this? Were they consulted? They should have been and it seems impossible to believe that they agreed the changes. The townsfolk could do with their help.

For my previous posts on the subject visit:

Ducks Fight Back 17th March
Flood Control and Willows 30th March

On a previous campaign:

UNESCO or No 22nd May 2007
The Alchemist's House 24th May 2007
News from UNESCO 7th September 2007

1 comment:

Jana said...

It makes me so angry and even more sad :-(

And it's probably too late for any positive action anyway.

It seems not much has really changed in the Czech Republic.


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