Renovations and structural damage: When in the summer all the swimming pools in the town of

summer, sun and beach weather: The summer holidays are here, and the people it attracts in the free baths. Finally, many have not booked a holiday, because it a

Renovations and structural damage: When in the summer all the swimming pools in the town of

summer, sun and beach weather: The summer holidays are here, and the people it attracts in the free baths. Finally, many have not booked a holiday, because it appeared to them to be unsafe. At home it's also quite beautiful, especially when the weather cooperates. Then you can plunge in the local outdoor pool in the floods. The Butzbacher Schrenzerbad about, with its spectacular views to the Wetterau, to the most beautiful outdoor pools in the state of Hesse. Not only Butzbacher, many residents of surrounding communities to visit the bathroom.

However, in the summer of 2020, a lot is different, and in Butzbach certainly. Because neither the Schrenzerbad still opens the small outdoor pool in the district Maibach. And also the third Alternative, the indoor pool in the core city remains to be closed. It's a gloomy summer for all swimmers and water lovers. That it has come to this, has to do only indirectly with the pandemic. Both the Schrenzerbad as well as the outdoor swimming pool in Maibach are in need of renovation. "It is a basic refurbishment of the technical equipment," says Butzbachs mayor Michael Merle (SPD). Among other things, to have required water quality in Maibach not comply with. "We have managed only with the chemistry and use of personnel," says Merle. In addition, it is also important to ensure accessibility.

"we can't afford with our staff"

The Maibacher love your bathroom, have specially founded in 2004 a Foundation in order to help maintain operations. As had been clear that the bathrooms can be open, subject to conditions in this summer, however, have the Association, however, signalled: "we can't afford with our staff," says Merle. It was opened in Maibach, nevertheless, and although the place is very popular swimming-pool-gastronomy. Both offer, gastronomy and Swimming, but this was impossible. So you have agreed with the Council to forgo the Swim this year to take advantage of the time for renovation work.

The Schrenzerbad's location is spectacular, the but can not hide the shortcomings of the technical equipment, which dates back to the sixties, period. The bathroom is in desperate need of a thorough renovation, says Michael White, managing Director of the Butzbacher bathrooms farms. The urban bodies were in prior to the start of the season here, too, the question of whether or not you open the bathroom with a view on the necessary Work and the requirements this year at all. Or if you use the time for the renovation. It has opted for the Latter. Background: "We have the 11. May the country know about getting funding,“ says White. 680 000 Euro, the country is added to control the net cost of 2.4 million euros.

Linden, or Pohlheim

Still, the decision to open, none of the bathrooms puffs, not at all Butzbachern to love. On Facebook resistance is forming. Recently, it was demonstrated in front of the Butzbacher town hall. About 100 people had gathered, to their displeasure with the enclosed baths for them. Merle had wanted to talk, tried to promote the decisions of the city bodies. Whether he understands the Anger of the people? "Of course I can understand that," says Merle, "but we can't now provide, once satisfied all day." Nevertheless, he knew the importance of the Swim enjoy in Butzbach. Keen swimmers have to Dodge this summer to the baths in Linden, and Pohlheim, says Merle.

But at least a good news to announce Merle these days. The approximately 1.5 million euros for estimated remediation costs for the Maibacher outdoor swimming pool will be buffered a bit. From the so-called Leader programme, a development programme of the European Union and of the state of Hesse, the Butzbacher 500,000 euros, which corresponds to a third of the renovation costs. "This is the highest sum, we forgive, and this is also the first Time that we have awarded," says Carsten Kretschmer, chair of the Leader Advisory Board for the Wetterau, and upper Hesse. Only requirement: The Work is to start until 31. July.

Updated Date: 15 July 2020, 11:20

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