The Maastricht D66 party fraction thinks that a pub on the former Annadal hospital grounds could limit the disturbance caused by students. “It would put an end to the night-time returns from the city to the Guesthouse,” says council member Richard Schoffeleers. It is not a new plan and it is not feasible, according to Maurice Evers, head of the Guesthouse.
“We thought of that eighteen months ago and proposed it in a meeting with the neighbourhood platform. It was a non-starter, because Teikyo (who owns the premises, ed.) had already rented the former operating theatres to another party,” says Evers. The operating theatres would be perfect for a pub because they're very well isolated. “That is new information,” says Schoffeleers. “If we had known that, we wouldn’t have put it forward. But a tenancy agreement is not forever. I hope that Teikyo takes its responsibility when these or other suitable rooms become available. It would fit in well with the idea of a campus; all facilities at one location.”
John Houben, former chairman of the neighbourhood platform and contact person until there is a new chairman, is positive about the idea of a pub. “A lot of thought will have to go into how to go about a thing like that. There will have to be certain restrictions, such as opening hours, for example. There would no point if the students used it as a place to drink before going out. Then there would be a constant stream of students both to and from the city. A possibility would be to only serve drinks after 22:00hrs. One would also have to keep a check on the influx of students who live in the city and would then come here. The gate closes at a certain time now, so they would have to keep an eye on that.”
Other residents are more sceptical. “Even when they stay at home, they make a terrible racket” and “a pub would be too expensive for them, they prefer to stack the beer crates on their balconies,” were some of their reactions on Facebook.