For ten years, people in mainleus have been arguing and discussing this topic: wet graveling – the word makes the hairs on the back of the project opponents' necks stand on end. Residents of the mainleuser au associate it with noise, dirt and truck traffic.
Now the excavators of the company kiesgewinnung heinrich schramm jerked on. The company from the lichtenfels district of trieb is allowed to mine gravel on a significantly reduced area of seven hectares between seidenhof and polz, according to a 2016 permit from the district office of kulmbach.
"Can't do much more"
"We are currently laying the access road", explains managing director johann fortsch in response to a question from our newspaper. "We can't do much more this year, we are starting gravel mining on a small scale. From mid december to mid march the excavations will be stopped."
Dieter weith and werner kraub from the citizens' initiative "against the destruction of the mainleuser au" consider the reduction of the mining area a success. They fought for it, demonstrated and collected more than 600 signatures. Thick files testify to the efforts of the citizens' initiative.
The mainleus market has applied for a change in the regional plan with a reduction from 33 to seven hectares. According to mayor robert bosch, the municipality argued with the regional planning association with the "high value of the flat areas for nature conservation, landscape and recreation".
The end of the line?
"That was the compromise, we have to live with it", says werner kraub. He and his comrades-in-arms hope that this is the end of the line. Dieter weith has a residual doubt because the new regional plan has not yet been published in the official gazette.
But there is obviously no reason to do so, as the inquiry with the licensing authority revealed. "The government of upper franconia confirmed only this week that the priority area is restricted to seven hectares", says kathrin limmer, a lawyer at the kulmbach district office. A publication will be made.
Like a sonic boom
Nevertheless, opponents of the project fear considerable adverse effects for local residents. They compare the noise when the heavy bucket of the cable dredger hits the water with the "sonic boom of an airplane". Work is allowed from 6 a.M. To 6 p.M. Anyone who thinks that the gravel dredger is too loud can apply to the district office for an alarm measurement.
Kraub and weith are critical of the access road through the narrow pillauer strabe in the seidenhof residential area. Problems also await them when the heavy trucks turn left at the mainleus-ost junction in the direction of trieb.
Rough concern is gone
At least, according to werner kraub, the biggest worry has been taken away: "no more floods can come through the new dam at polz."
"We will check that the conditions are being observed", the spokespersons for the burger initiative announce. They wanted to "raise awareness" among residents in general.
Werner kraub regrets that there have been no talks with the trieber company, which only recently took over the project from the sonneberg company muhlherr. "We have not heard anything negative from the company schramm so far", he says.
Also ready to talk
Johann fortsch was also willing to talk. The manager is glad to be able to state his point of view publicly and assures: "we will comply exactly with the requirements." Among other things, the drivers are instructed to pay attention to the cleanliness of the road.
According to fortsch, gravel mining will not generate any additional traffic. "We only produce for customers in the region. We're going to the MTH concrete plant in kulmbach anyway, and we'll take the material with us to trieb on the way back."
How it can be done faster
What he does not understand is the requirement that a maximum of 40 truck movements are allowed per day. "With the distances we have to keep, we can only exploit about six hectares. There is relatively little sand and gravel in there. This 300.000 tons were normally an annual production. But here I assume three and a half years", he says and asks: "wouldn't it be in the interest of the people if it could be done faster??"
In the interest of the residents, we will also hire a rough excavator "that is only on site three times a year for two or three weeks", so on. Then there would be three months of peace. The material is simply loaded onto trucks by a wheel loader, he says.