A large majority in the Amsterdam city council wants Amstelveen to contribute to the maintenance of the Amsterdamse Bos. The forest of 935 hectares is also largely located in the municipality of Amstelveen and is also used translated by Amstelveners.
Of the visitors to the forest, 26 percent come from Amstelveen and 42 percent from Amsterdam. The tranquility comes from the region.
The municipality of Amsterdam announced last year that it would invest millions in the renovation of the Amsterdamse Bos. But that is still not enough. According to the proposer of the proposal, Anke Bakker of the Party for the Animals, seven million per year is too short for the normal maintenance of the forest.
“Amsterdam has already released money before, because it was even worse. So it is high time that Amstelveen started helping, because they also enjoy the forest,” says Bakker.
In the further: “We want to tackle it, but it doesn’t work. There are many talks and said with Amstelveen there is an administrative, but no financial cooperation yet.”
Bakker also suggested the name of the forest: “It could of course be that Amstelveen wants a two-name title with a long-term payment. Perhaps we can reconsider the name of the forest.”
The alderman is positive about the plan of the city council. “Last week I had an informal meeting with my colleague from Amstelveen for the first time. That was constructive. I don’t want a conversation about the name yet. I have only even heard it at the moment.”
“We cannot yet do anything about a motion that we have not taken note of,” responds an acquaintance of the municipality of Amstelveen.