In St. Gilgen (Flachgau) there is further resistance to the exchange of two lake properties between the community and the Stiegl brewery. This will reduce public access to the lake, say critics. The mayor rejects that.
Reason for the dispute: The brewery will build an apartment hotel in the former Lueger Hof directly on Lake Wolfgang. For this purpose, 2,500 square meters of community land – primarily a path along the lake – are to be exchanged for 1,100 square meters of land from the Stiegl brewery with a part directly on the lake. The SPÖ criticizes the property exchange for the construction of the hotel. The municipality says that it will be an equivalent property swap and that new free access to the lake will be created.
Criticism: Allegedly new lake access already public
The deal, however, was not a gain and a sell-off of a public route, was complained on Tuesday evening at a SPÖ citizens’ meeting, to which around 50 St. Gilgener came. They criticized there that the alleged new lake access was already public. In addition, it is not true that it is – as publicly said – about 40 meters long lake access. The critics say that bathing huts and private areas have been included here. The actual access to the lake is much smaller.
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Mayor: Huts do not interfere with lake access
Otto Kloiber (ÖVP) contradicts this: Private properties are by no means included here. That would be proven by plans. In addition, boathouses of this length would not interfere with the lake access – it is possible for everyone, according to the mayor. Overall, the actual lake access on the exchanged property should then have a length of 25 meters. The mayor will await the inspection by the community supervisory authority.