Background: Nature clubs protest permit for F1 Grand Prix event in Zandvoort

The Duinbehoud Foundation and the Red De Kust Foundation are protesting the license granted to the F1 Grand Prix in Zandvoort. Clubs now complain that they are missing out on the procedures they believe should ensure the health of visitors. Unique, until now nature lovers were mainly interested in the Naturjak frog and the sand lizard.

The clubs say they were surprised that the municipality granted permits for a “large-scale event with 125,000 participants, while this is absolutely not permitted under current Covid-19 measures”. In previous attempts to thwart the Grand Prix, clubs have defended the fate of the sand lizard and the natrjac frog. However, protests and lawsuits cannot jeopardize the top prize. This time around, nature organizations are concerned about the health of F1 race visitors.

The clubs have lodged a protest and want the mayor to indicate in the short term what is and is not allowed during the Grand Prix. They also demand clarity on the necessary corona measures to ensure the health of visitors. The municipality of Zandvoort and the organization Zandvoort Beyond had already announced at the beginning of August that they would continue preparations for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled for early September. Zandvoort expects 105,000 visitors per day on September 3, 4 and 5, but the Cabinet could decide on August 13 to come up with strict new Corona rules for events in September.

“Happiness Seekers”

Mark Jansen wrote in his objection: “These are visitors who attempt to peek into the event through the adjacent nature reserve and thus (unintentionally) cause damage to nature. We consider it the responsibility of the event organizers to include these precautions as a prescription in the event permit.”

Sand dune plants

Jansen is also concerned about “dune vegetation”. He writes: “Due to the large number of visitors during the event over several days, damage can occur to the dune vegetation and habitat of protected animal species within Circuit Park Zandvoort. This relates, among other things, to specially designed protected areas for protected animal species within Circuit Park Zandvoort.”

Make noise in order to make noise?

The same Janssen also wrote that there are concerns that people will not clean up the mess afterwards. There are also concerns that for five days there will be a lot of noise, which will not be good for nature either. Mark Jansen wrote: “This gives the impression that making a lot of noise is the goal of the event. This cannot be the intent. Nature regulators require that this regulation be deleted and that a noise peak of 5 dB(A) is not permitted. Standing.”

UNIQUE: Nature organizations now also care about the health of race enthusiasts along the track

For the first time, nature clubs also take care of the health of visitors. It could read, for example: “There are no specific regulations for the situation in and around Circuit Park Zandvoort. This avoids your responsibility to provide clarity and clarity about what can and cannot be organized in terms of events in and around Circuit Park Zandvoort. Related to the COVID-19 virus and how The health of event visitors can be guaranteed.”

Mark Jansen, who says he writes on behalf of the two institutions, concludes his objection with the conclusion:

“It is clear in advance that such a large-scale event cannot be organized taking into account the COVID measures. However, you grant a permit for the event with 125,000 people without indicating in the regulations how to take the COVID measures. The health of the visitors can be guaranteed.”

The municipality is not about COVID measures

Jansen and his institutions, however, are in the wrong address with their complaint. After all, the municipality says it’s not about COVID measures, and refers it to the central government. Zandvoort municipality spokesman is AP It was quoted: “No one knows what it will be, we are waiting. The municipality issued the permit, but the Council of Ministers is revolving around Corona measures.” At the beginning of July, Jan Lammers said in a conversation with GPToday: “Look, people who are against in principle are hard to please because you can’t negotiate with logic and common sense. Once you solve something they might object to, they are almost disappointed, and then they invent something. else “.

Lammers explained to GPToday at the beginning of July that the Dutch Grand Prix organization is always open to modifications and improvements for subsequent Grand Prix editions. “We are of course open to people who have real arguments that can be worked out in practice. We are happy even when people come up with these kinds of arguments. We are of course car sports people, but others have different interests. We want to meet these people as best we can. You don’t want to underestimate It’s those people’s business. We listen to everyone and want everything to be resolved as possible. Every objection gives us the opportunity to work things out.”

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Will Friday the 13th be a lucky day for Zandvoort?

It could still be exciting for the Dutch Formula 1 Grand Prix to be staged on Friday. Then outgoing Health Minister Hugo de Jonge will hold a press conference at which more information will be provided on major sporting events, for example. In recent days, Lammers reiterated what he already told GPToday at the beginning of July, which is that he’s not worried about things he has no bearing on. Lammers said earlier this week against NH News. If all goes well, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will “only” compete against each other in front of the full stands in Zandvoort at the beginning of September.

Read also: Lammers: ‘Only Covid19 can threaten the Zandvoort Grand Prix’

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