• The petitioner is in dialog with the addressee of the petition.

    at 30 Nov 2019 17:33

    Photo: Urs Anderegg, www.sunGallen.ch

    Almost two years of work with impressive encounters, good helpers, encouraging conversations, tests of patience, challenges and valuable support are now coming to an end...

    Unfortunately we have to end the petition unsuccessfully.

    We would like to thank all co-signers warmly!

    Hanspeter and Anita

  • Die Petition befindet sich in der Prüfung beim Empfänger

    at 29 Nov 2019 16:25

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    Hanspeter Egloff and Anita Lötscher Egloff
    Felsenstr 18
    9000 St. Gallen
    Switzerland
    hanspeter.egloff@bluewin.ch

    inscribe
    Madame Mechtild Rössler
    Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    7, place de Fontenoy
    75352 Paris 07 SP
    France

    November 28th, 2019

    Your answer to our petition "Protect the important view to the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland!2 (whc.unesco.org/fr/list/268)

    Dear Mrs Rössler

    One year ago, on October 18, 2018, we sent you our petition "Protect the important view to the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland!" with 829 signatures. www.openpetition.eu/!gallus

    On November 9, 2018, Mr. Nicolas Mathieu, Secretary General of the Swiss
    UNESCO Commission, Bundesgasse 28, 3003 Bern, assures that the petition will be examined in detail and dealt with independently. He also said that we will receive a complete reply from you. We have also invited you to visit us here.

    Together with the 827 co-signatories, we are convinced that both the urban and cantonal preservation authorities, and in particular the World Heritage Site Association (Verein Weltkulturerbe Stiftsbezirk), do not protect this view in accordance with the guidelines (Article 104). The question of the view has never been examined independently and in the light of pending legal issues:
    See Annual Report of the Association 2017 p. 24 ID-104: "2017-2018 Development of an urban protection ordinance incl. definition of spatially limited zones for the protection of visual axes and visual areas" (1)
    And Annual Report 2018 S.27 ID-104 " ... Determination of spatially limited zones for the protection of the visual axes and visual areas in the Old Town ... The draft of the ordinance is to be presented in August 2019. (2)
    The UNESCO World Heritage Action Plan Switzerland 2016 - 2013 of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) also states on p.7/8 under Measures for the Abbey District of St. Gallen: "2019: A buffer zone is to be established to determine which external and internal visual references are to be kept free of impairments and which take account of far-reaching visual axes". (3)

    In our opinion, the problem lies with the multifunctionality of the monument conservator Mr Niklaus Ledergerber. In the present case, he is at the same time an advisor to the building owners and to the municipal building permit commission. In addition, he is jointly responsible for the pending issues in the Heritage Section of the World Cultural Heritage Association of the Abbey District of St. Gallen and is also President of ICOMOS Switzerland (4), the organisation that advises UNESCO "independently" on the preservation of monuments. He has never revealed to us his bias in this matter.

    We very much regret that we did not receive a direct response from you. Mrs Claudia Friedl, National Councillor, has received from the Swiss UNESCO Commission the ICOMOS Note of October 2019 and her accompanying letter to the Swiss Ambassador in Paris of 17 October 2019. Mrs Friedl forwarded it to us.
    We are very disappointed about the negative decision. For us, your answer is neither complete nor independent. Only the preconceived opinion of Mr. Ledergerber was taken into account. In our opinion, the questions of the visual axis and the buffer zone as well as the ongoing legal pending issues have not been included accordingly. We believe that the ICOMOS comments date from before 1983, when the monastery district was declared a World Heritage Site. Since then, this view should be protected: Because it meets horizontally and at right angles from Berneggstrasse exactly in the middle of the roof of the cathedral or the Gallus relief and at the same time opens up the whole spectrum of the monastery district and the old town, and because it is open to the public. For us, it is authoritative, unique and extraordinary. The proposed project will completely destroy this view. This is not "negligible" for us and we cannot understand it.

    We were prepared to accept a well-founded negative decision from their independent experts here and send it to the co-signatories. But in this way we cannot understand it and have great difficulty with it.

    Yours sincerely

    Hanspeter Egloff and Anita Lötscher Egloff

    (1) www.stiftsbezirk.ch/userdata/Verein%20Weltkulturerbe/jahresbericht-2017-verein-weltkulturerbe.pdf
    (2) www.stiftsbezirk.ch/userdata/Verein%20Weltkulturerbe/jahresbericht-2018-verein-weltkulturerbe.pdf
    (3)https://www.bak.admin.ch/dam/bak/de/dokumente/unesco_welterbe/aktionsplan_welterbeschweiz2015.pdf.download.pdf/aktionsplan_welterbeschweiz2015.pdf
    (4) www.icomos.ch/organisation/

  • The petition is being checked by the recipient.

    at 29 Nov 2019 16:18

    Hanspeter Egloff and Anita Lötscher Egloff
    Felsenstr 18
    9000 St. Gallen
    Switzerland
    hanspeter.egloff@bluewin.ch

    inscribe
    Madame Mechtild Rössler
    Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    7, place de Fontenoy
    75352 Paris 07 SP
    France

    November 28th, 2019

    Your answer to our petition "Protect the important view to the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland!2 (whc.unesco.org/fr/list/268)

    Dear Mrs Rössler

    One year ago, on October 18, 2018, we sent you our petition "Protect the important view to the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland!" with 829 signatures. www.openpetition.eu/!gallus

    On November 9, 2018, Mr. Nicolas Mathieu, Secretary General of the Swiss
    UNESCO Commission, Bundesgasse 28, 3003 Bern, assures that the petition will be examined in detail and dealt with independently. He also said that we will receive a complete reply from you. We have also invited you to visit us here.

    Together with the 827 co-signatories, we are convinced that both the urban and cantonal preservation authorities, and in particular the World Heritage Site Association (Verein Weltkulturerbe Stiftsbezirk), do not protect this view in accordance with the guidelines (Article 104). The question of the view has never been examined independently and in the light of pending legal issues:
    See Annual Report of the Association 2017 p. 24 ID-104: "2017-2018 Development of an urban protection ordinance incl. definition of spatially limited zones for the protection of visual axes and visual areas" (1)
    And Annual Report 2018 S.27 ID-104 " ... Determination of spatially limited zones for the protection of the visual axes and visual areas in the Old Town ... The draft of the ordinance is to be presented in August 2019. (2)
    The UNESCO World Heritage Action Plan Switzerland 2016 - 2013 of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) also states on p.7/8 under Measures for the Abbey District of St. Gallen: "2019: A buffer zone is to be established to determine which external and internal visual references are to be kept free of impairments and which take account of far-reaching visual axes". (3)

    In our opinion, the problem lies with the multifunctionality of the monument conservator Mr Niklaus Ledergerber. In the present case, he is at the same time an advisor to the building owners and to the municipal building permit commission. In addition, he is jointly responsible for the pending issues in the Heritage Section of the World Cultural Heritage Association of the Abbey District of St. Gallen and is also President of ICOMOS Switzerland (4), the organisation that advises UNESCO "independently" on the preservation of monuments. He has never revealed to us his bias in this matter.

    We very much regret that we did not receive a direct response from you. Mrs Claudia Friedl, National Councillor, has received from the Swiss UNESCO Commission the ICOMOS Note of October 2019 and her accompanying letter to the Swiss Ambassador in Paris of 17 October 2019. Mrs Friedl forwarded it to us.
    We are very disappointed about the negative decision. For us, your answer is neither complete nor independent. Only the preconceived opinion of Mr. Ledergerber was taken into account. In our opinion, the questions of the visual axis and the buffer zone as well as the ongoing legal pending issues have not been included accordingly. We believe that the ICOMOS comments date from before 1983, when the monastery district was declared a World Heritage Site. Since then, this view should be protected: Because it meets horizontally and at right angles from Berneggstrasse exactly in the middle of the roof of the cathedral or the Gallus relief and at the same time opens up the whole spectrum of the monastery district and the old town, and because it is open to the public. For us, it is authoritative, unique and extraordinary. The proposed project will completely destroy this view. This is not "negligible" for us and we cannot understand it.

    We were prepared to accept a well-founded negative decision from their independent experts here and send it to the co-signatories. But in this way we cannot understand it and have great difficulty with it.

    Yours sincerely

    Hanspeter Egloff and Anita Lötscher Egloff

    (1) www.stiftsbezirk.ch/userdata/Verein%20Weltkulturerbe/jahresbericht-2017-verein-weltkulturerbe.pdf
    (2) www.stiftsbezirk.ch/userdata/Verein%20Weltkulturerbe/jahresbericht-2018-verein-weltkulturerbe.pdf
    (3)https://www.bak.admin.ch/dam/bak/de/dokumente/unesco_welterbe/aktionsplan_welterbeschweiz2015.pdf.download.pdf/aktionsplan_welterbeschweiz2015.pdf
    (4) www.icomos.ch/organisation/

  • Ready for submitting - Einladung zur Übergabe mit Frau Claudia Friedl, Nationalrätin

    at 11 Oct 2018 22:10

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    Liebe Unterstützende
    Am nächsten Mittwochnachmittag 17. Oktober 2018 um 17 Uhr treffen wir uns vor dem Haupteingang der Hauptpost St. Gallen. Frau Claudia Friedl, Nationalrätin, wird dabei sein und uns bei der Übergabe weiterhin unterstützen. Ebenso eine Vertretung des St. Galler Tagblatts. Wenn Ihr Zeit und Lust habt freuen wir uns auch auf Eure Anwesenheit. Alle sind herzlich eingeladen dabei zu sein, wenn wir das Sammelpaket nach Paris der Post übergeben.
    Hanspeter Egloff, Anita Lötscher, Richard Hirzel

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