"There is no sure protection against bad taste and carelessness with the environment", said dietmar will of the city administration at the meeting of the building and environment committee of the habfurt city council on tuesday afternoon. "But we will try to appeal to the burgers to voluntarily do without gravel gardens or to dismantle them."
The background to this amendment was a motion by the parliamentary group bundnis 90/die grunen on the prevention and reconstruction of gravel gardens. For especially in the construction area osterfeld II in habfurt, such gravel gardens are on the increase. From the point of view of the group, but also from the point of view of dietmar will, several other city council members and mayor gunther werner (WG), the areas "paved over" with gravel, crushed stone and other stones have a negative impact on the microclimate garden many disadvantages. According to dietmar will, it is undisputed that the gravel surfaces heat up very strongly in summer and thus have a negative effect on the microclimate.
Nor do they make any contribution to the demand for biodiversity, as will explain. In addition, these flats are only supposedly easy to maintain, since after just a few years unwanted plants take hold and love to be removed from the gravel only with difficulty, if at all.
According to the applicants, these "gardens of horror" are detrimental to the urban infrastructure plants, insects and birds. Therefore, they had requested to check if these gardens could be excluded in future development plans. However, dietmar will and marco ruck from the building administration did not see any legal grounds for a ban. Even though city councilors joachim schwach and michael spies called for such a ban. Councillor sven schnos reported that there were already many cities that had "green house numbers" to burgers who are exemplary in their use of raw materials, energy, nature and the environment.
Dietmar will explained that we are still at the beginning of this issue. He advocated a voluntary approach, with the city leading by example. "We will draw attention to the topic on our homepage and with flyers for builders and advertise for gardens rich in flowers", he stated. "Everyone can do something for the environment in their garden, however small it may be. Even a small insect hotel or one or two nesting boxes are good for insects and birds."
In the end, the committee decided to make explicit reference to this fact in future development plans and to instruct the administration to intensify its efforts to raise awareness and to promote gardens that are rich in blood and therefore in species. Moreover, the new guidelines of the federal ministry of construction are to be taken into account in the new development plans.
Once again, the community of riedbach has asked the district of habberge and the city of habfurt to participate in a bike path connection from kleinsteinach via mechenried to uchenhofen. As mayor gunther werner informed, the demand possibilities are still very good. However, it is to be feared that these will deteriorate in the future. A planning office is currently calculating the costs. For the town of habfurt, a connection from uchenhofen to mechenried, the length of which is 820 meters, would definitely be an enhancement of the urban district. However, a bike path from uchenhofen to habfurt is out of the question. As soon as the costs are fixed, the topic will be discussed again in committee and in the city council, said werner. For city councillor jurgen kehrlein, it was clear: "of course we’ll join in!"
There were no objections to the conversion of the post office building in habfurt. The client wanted to re-tile the roof with gray tiles and convert the office space into three new residential units.
Councilman berthold albert complained that more and more meadows in the mainaue up to the barrage near knetzgau were being plowed up. Dietmar will explained that the handle to a ban is currently lacking. Rather, farmers are obliged by an EU regulation to reforest meadows in certain periods if they want to retain the status of their plains as arable land.