Merten Menzel closely followed the debate in the smallest city council, along with other residents of the Neuhof district. What the city and planner Ansgar Kaupp for the Northern Industrial District have given them is a step in the right direction, Menzel says. However, he remains skeptical about living in the immediate vicinity of future commercial developments.
“You have to be aware of the fact that some things are being scrutinized more closely today than they were 30 years ago. For example, areas of compensation resulting from conservation studies or knowing that the high bat population on Muskauer Strasse deserves protection.” But, according to Menzel, the topic is too important to be left to city administration and planners alone. “We will continue to monitor closely how the area should develop, what we don’t like and what possibilities are there for interception.” He has harsh criticism for the information policy surrounding the project. “It made sense to talk to those people directly affected by it.”
Despite all the concerns, the plan to develop the Niesky-Nord industrial complex has removed the next hurdle. Following the decision of city councils, planning documents can now be viewed. From July 27 to August 31, anyone interested can take a closer look at the newspaper at the town hall or do it on the Internet during this period in the Saxony Post Portal. Comments are possible until the end of August. According to Ansgar Kaup, the decision to establish the project, involving public interest bodies, public participation and species protection reports, has already been implemented. According to the expert from the Görlitz commissioned engineering office, the dissolution of the statutes could follow in the fall and the planning process could be completed by the end of 2021. According to planner and mayor Beate Hoffmann, there may already be a long-awaited citizens’ meeting in August.
It is now certain that 14 of the total 19 hectares are designated for corporate settlement. To the north of Trebuser Strasse, which cuts through the site, the industrial zone will be delimited, according to Kopp. In the southern region, the less noisy companies can find their place in the industrial area. The area linked to traffic will be fully developed on both sides via Trebuser Straße – with parallel parking lanes and a turn hammer at the end. As planned, the residential area of Neuhof will be isolated by a wide green wall.
However, site drainage is not so easy. Every company that settles here must withhold 50 percent of the water on its property or seep in it. The remaining fifty percent is diverted – in infiltration areas, in a holding basin in the area of u200bu200bthe Green Wall and in trenches.
Work at night only with blinds on the windows
However, there are other points that are also important for potential interested parties. Due to its proximity to the residential area and the abundance of bats, there may be no outdoor lighting at night. If night work is carried out, then the curtains in the respective rooms must be removed. No three-shift operation is possible south of Trebuser Straße due to noise report, north of it. “Ideally, the noise towards a residential area should be more and more sloping,” explains Görlitz’s diagram. He estimates that the big companies probably won’t come here because of these requirements. The area is more suitable for “normal medium-sized businesses”.
In addition to the commercial area, residents of Neuhof are concerned about two other problems: Titis and the transfer at the Niske train station. Although an investor has not yet been found in the planned railway test north of Niesky and so the project remains quiet for the time being, it remains up to date. In addition, night shift noise regularly strikes from the train station over the residential area. And beyond the noise barriers are diesel locomotives, which – despite the electrification of the road – seem to be getting warmer to use. This is already being discussed avidly on Facebook. One user writes: “Stop the noise at night, otherwise we will take over.”
The Saxony Participation Portal can be found on the Internet at https://buergerbeteiligung.sachsen.de.