Despite resistance, village renewal in schobaritz succeeded

Despite resistance, village renewal in schobaritz succeeded

Especially the children were magically attracted to the fountain, built as early as 1820. With the adults holding their hands, they dared to take a look down the 28-meter-deep well shaft. After a few meters in the shaft, which was secured with a solid iron grate immediately after the opening, there is only darkness. No one can fall in.

Only patrick schlebmann was let into the shaft a week ago like a professional mountaineer to clean it. Already everything should be for the day, on which the conclusion of the land consolidation and the village renewal in schobaritz was celebrated. Even the schobaritz song, which was sung at the time for the inauguration of the fountain, is remembered by gudrun kraus, the chairwoman of the proceedings from the office for rural development. At least she found the songs in the old documents. On the first of may, a fountain festival is traditionally celebrated here. The place here is a festival mile and people from all over come and say that they liked living here", emphasized mayor gisela schulze-bauer at the closing ceremony, which was framed by the hiltpoltstein trombone choir.

The land consolidation was an absolute success and the well-developed roads were a relief for the farmers. Nevertheless, 30 years ago, not all citizens were enthusiastic about the process. "Two-thirds of the population in schobaritz were in favor of land consolidation, one-third against it. But the supporters farmed only 51 percent and the opponents 49 percent of the agricultural land. So it was inevitable that the opponents would get support from the bavarian farmers’ interest group of the time," said kraus, says kraus.

Hans kraft, who helped to initiate this mabnahme, can still remember it. Today this is long forgotten and that is good, because soon the opinion changed. Everyone pitched in. Or as gudrun kraus said: "coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success"." A visible one, because the results are obvious to everyone who walks through the countryside in schobaritz, as district administrator hermann ulm remarked. Hans kraft and the then elected board members hermann marz, georg schupferling, johann fortsch, georg leikam, gerhard fischer, margarete sorgel and hans distler achieved the early construction of the fountain even before the first plans were made. "One can say that it was due to the great concern of the people of schobaritz to reopen the village fountain, which was closed in 1964, as a well-known symbol of a lively village community", said kraus. However, this was as an early mabnahme with pre-financing by the municipality, the beginning of the tree removals 1987.

Due to the extensive personal contributions of the citizens, the construction costs amounted to only 12,500 euros. Of course, not everything went smoothly. There were negotiations and the planning proved to be tough and lengthy. One reason was the compensation areas because of the community connection road between grobenohe and schobaritz. A total of 14 kilometers of paths were built, 5.5 kilometers of them paved. "Naturally all in own contribution", kraus emphasized. The one million construction costs were subsidized with 900 000 euro. In addition, an unprecedented pilot project was launched. "In 1997, under the leadership of tobias vogel and the landscape conservation association, trees with a prominent local appearance were individually recorded and restored through professional pruning, kraus recalled and then went on to review the stages of the village renewal. This cost 237,000 euros, of which 147,000 euros were subsidized and the market hiltpoltstein had to take over only 90,000 euros. "The fact that the image of their village is very important to the citizens can be seen in the numbers of private measures, such as the remodeling of houses and yards. In 65 partial purchases, the citizens invested 1.2 million euros", said kraus.

"A lot of positive things have happened in schobaritz, for modern, contemporary agriculture, for nature conservation and for landscape preservation", stressed anton hepple, chief building director of the office for regional development of upper franconia. All the guests were able to see this for themselves when the memorial stone was unveiled.

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