The municipality of St. Wolfgang is now taking the initiative itself with a living container for 50 refugees and would like to ward off an offer from an investor for 300 immigrants.
St. Wolfgang – how and where to create housing for refugees?
This is currently a hotly debated topic in all municipalities across the country.
The municipality of St. Wolfgang is also busy with this - mainly because an investor has offered to build accommodation for 300 refugees in the district office (we reported).
The municipal council reacted to this in February with an offer to the district to set up its own municipal refugee accommodation.
Now, on Monday evening, the municipal council, in search of a suitable location, unanimously decided to build a residential container facility for 50 refugees on an area of around 2000 square meters to the south between the old sports field and the village fairground.
Vice Mayor Konrad Bernhard (WG Schönbrunn) represented Mayor Ullrich Gaigl (FW) who is currently in rehabilitation at the meeting.
He reported that the municipality had to inform the district office by Tuesday of what it was planning to do with refugee accommodation.
The draft for the meeting stated that dividing the refugees over several locations was not considered to be expedient.
Bernhard couldn't answer where that came from, from the district office or the mayor, because the head of the community wasn't there.
Not all councilors shared this view.
Head of administration Christian Miksch could imagine that there were economic reasons for the district office, because a facility would be cheaper to operate.
It is also understandable that a concentration of people for the community is "not so nice".
The municipal council agreed that 300 refugees would not be acceptable for the municipality of St. Wolfgang.
He thought smaller units with 20 or 30 refugees would be better, which would also make integration easier.
The facility for 50 people must now be realized.
Franz Finger (CSU) warned that the "sword of Damocles 300 refugees" due to an investor offer was still hovering over St. Wolfgang.
If the community watches for too long, the district office could come back to the investor.
There is no certainty that this will not happen, Bernhard said.
However, the district office gave the signal that if the municipality took action now, the district authority would initially distance itself from the investor offer, said Miksch.
However, there is nothing in writing about this and how long this applies probably depends on how the refugee situation in the district develops.
In addition to the area on the village square, other places should be sought where refugees could be accommodated.
Outdoor locations are not suitable due to unfavorable connections.
Armstorf is still possible, said Magdalena Wandinger-Strauß (FW).
Anton Schneider's (CSU) proposal to house the refugees in the Armstorf industrial park behind the recycling center was generally rejected as completely inappropriate.
In 2015 and 2016, the municipality of St. Wolfgang was already involved in the construction of mobile home accommodation containers on municipal land, either on its own or through an investor.
"We have to do something" was Mayor Gaigl's attitude back then when it came to providing appropriate housing for asylum seekers.
The sword of Damocles still hovers
Idea of mobile homes already in 2015