Emotional, heated and extensive discussions took place in the market town council of wildflecken about the EU-leader project "mountainbike rhon and foreland". The main issue was that some of the designated routes of the regional project crossed private land, paths, meadows and forests.
Market town councilor klaus rest (PWW) had demanded in the run-up to the meeting that unresolved liability issues and other legal aspects of the route be clarified immediately. However: in 2018, the municipal council had already approved the designated routes of the leader project. There was still no member of the town council. Various liability issues will now be published in the next municipal newsletter and explained in more detail, said mayor gerd kleinhenz (PWW). At the time, all affected municipalities and the county had agreed to the route in a legally binding resolution. In 2018, the project was again preceded by objections, for example from hunting leaseholders, which were taken into account at various points in the new planning of the route.
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"The trend towards mountain biking and e-biking is unbroken", so kleinhenz. "We cannot simply reverse our decision at that time", he said: "as mayor i see myself in the responsibility to work on a further development of the community". I can’t see that anyone should have been harmed in any way by the new mountain bike trails. I emphasize once again the importance and correctness of the routes decided at that time." Councilman rest did not want to come to terms with the mayor’s statements and sharply criticized the designation of the mountain bike route, especially in the vicinity of the black mountains near oberbach. The affected owners of the land around the black mountains had not been informed comprehensively, either directly or personally, he said, who, according to his own information, had been "in discussion for a few weeks" intensively concerned with the issue. Some of the routes went right through private woods. "I personally see this as very questionable", says the oberbacher. From suitable because of mountain bikers could be partly no speech at all, besides the wild by the mountain bikers unnecessarily startled. Damage from browsing is unavoidable. In addition, he criticized that the liability issues for private landowners had not been regulated. A contractually binding written disclaimer is not currently available to any private party. "One thing is certain for me, on a tree in my private property no sign for a mountain bike route comes to it", rest made clear. He attacked the signposting of the new route that has already been done. "Has any landowner ever been asked to accept a sign on one of his trees??" None of the affected owners around the black mountains or around oberbach had been able to exert any influence on the route of the line. "I cannot justify the procedure for the designation of the routes with my conscience. I can’t and don’t want to justify this to the burghers", he said. "From the very beginning, the district administration of bad kissingen did not care about the interests of the owners", said rest. "I therefore propose that the route in question be removed from the planning process now.