Since the SPÖ holds the absolute majority in the local council, the issue should be off the table. According to Mayor Kerstin Suchan-Mayr, the present contract does not meet certain requirements “in several areas”. According to Suchan-Mayr, there is still no concrete solution “as to how the excessive traffic volume can be solved, especially in the area of the motorway entrance towards Linz,” reports the ORF.
The company’s preference was for a 50,000 square meter company site near the highway, which the city converted from farmland in 2006 to accommodate low-emission companies.
A citizens’ initiative led by Susanne Webersdorfer spoke out against the construction. The opposition to the distribution center, which according to official statements would create 100 new jobs in the region, was fundamental. “Amazon” is accused of treating employees poorly and employing them at low wages. “We don’t want to support this kind of economy,” Webersdorfer told the OÖN in October 2022.
- more on the subject: Citizens’ initiative launches petition to prevent distribution center
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