In the past few weeks, resistance has formed against the planned relocation of baywa to the kersbach traffic circle near sigritzau, an action alliance wants to initiate a citizens’ petition, alternative locations are to be examined again.
On friday, baywa itself invited to a press conference at the lande. It’s stuffy in the small conference room, where just a rough table and about a dozen chairs fit. Baywa has been located on the land for over 40 years, and the energy standards are outdated. "It’s just not up to date, says martin lechner, head of baywa real estate management.
Important for farmers
There are around 1,500 farmers in the district of forchheim, 1,200 of them in part-time farming, says gunther zah, head of the agrar sales area for upper and central franconia. The next points of contact for farmers are in bamberg and furth – too far for agricultural traffic. "If baywa were to leave here, it would be very, very difficult for 1200 farmers."
The location at the kersbach traffic circle is in the customer area and is easier to reach, especially for farmers from the french region, because of the shorter distances. Traffic congestion and exhaust fumes were reduced in the city area.
Baywa and the city administration seem to agree that the new site is the best solution. "We would like to keep baywa in the village", says uwe kirschstein, mayor of oberburg (SPD). Six other sites, one of which is the bauhof an der lande, have been tested, she says. "There is a difference between theoretical and practical flat. The location must be realistic", says kirschstein.
The site of the building yard was too small, and baywa had to give up its agricultural division, explains marion danneboom, baywa press officer. The other five plots are either "not for sale" or "not suitable for our clientele". The city is keeping quiet about the location of the alternative sites. "The other sites investigated for the establishment of baywa were located outside the city limits", announces the city press officer britta kurth.
The company seems determined to move to a new location at the kersbach traffic circle. The elaborated plans and visualizations also speak for this. The advantages of the new building are listed point by point in the press kit. Walter fastenmeier, head of construction and plant engineering, gives an overview of the project: twelve to 14 months of construction are planned, depending on when it can get underway.
25431 square meters is the rough area, about 5000 square meters of it are to be built on, the rest of the area remains unsealed or is grassed over. Three access roads to the site, one for the automatic filling station. The plan for the 26 meter high silos and a 28 meter high reception building are off the table. Instead, the grain is to be stored in a hall twelve meters high. Highest building is the cereal reception with 16 meters.
The new site is to become more climate-neutral, with ecological building materials and a treatment system for rainwater, which is then to be used as washing water. Baywa has also come up with a precise concept for drainage and soundproofing. Surface water is to seep into the ground via underground pits. In the front part of the site, near the traffic circle, there will be an automatic gas station with electric charging stations. But there will be no store or cleaning area.
Public interpretation from monday
The preliminary draft of the development and land-use plan will be available from monday, 29. July to 26. August, with the city of forchheim openly from. Everyone can give an opinion. How the results of the interpretation turn out was allowed to be groundbreaking for the further development of the project.
But the opponents of the relocation plan did not want to wait that long any more. The "pro wiesenttal" action alliance wants to prevent the relocation of baywa to the kersbach traffic circle near sigritzau with a citizens’ petition. "We want to use our democratic means", says ulrich buchholz, chairman of the nature conservation league (BN) forchheim.
Probably in september the alliance wants to submit the application for a citizens’ petition including signatures. The city council must then decide whether the petition submitted in writing is admissible. If this is the case, it can come to a referendum.