The wine village offers a high standard of living and security: Ballrechten-Dottingen is ranked third in the BZ-Check Markgrflerland.
Rise to the podium: With an overall rating of 6.2, Ballrechten-Dottingen took third place with Schliengen at BZ-Check in Markgrflerland. The outcome was expected, says Mayor Patrick Baker. The municipality often tops the ratings, for example in terms of safety and quality of life, but lags behind when it comes to gastronomy.
There is something to everything
It’s always interesting how people judge their local community, says Baker. Although the results of the check must be presented with reservations given the number of participants in Ballrechten-Dottingen of 82 in relation to the population. The poll is not representative, but conveys a certain mood. Citizens gave the quality of life in their community a high rating: In this category, Ballrecht-Dottingen ranked first with 8.1 compared to the eleven communities. “We don’t have a lot of infrastructure, we have a little bit of everything — that’s what makes the quality of life,” Becker says.
What doesn’t surprise him at all: the participants in Ballrechten-Dottingen also rated the friendship of the child and family well: 7.4. Only Buggingen was a little better. For years, Becker says, the community has been doing a lot to be family friendly. With child care, allocating construction sites, while promoting youth work in clubs, with a youth center. Families can feel at home there – and thus there are a lot of young people, including “an incredible number of third and fourth children”. Usually, there are an average of about 20 babies born annually, and the trend is rising – in 2021 it was around 35. The citizens of Ballrechten-Dottingen also seem to feel safe: again 7.3 higher. Police reports in recent years confirm that there are few incidents in the community, Becker asserts. He believes that the character of the village, which is too close to the neighborhood, does not allow too much.
Those surveyed would like to see more sports shows
But the participants did not only praise Ballrechten-Dottingen. The mayor says he’s a little surprised by the performance in the Sports Show category. With an average of 6.6. And that’s where Ballrechten-Dottingen has a very active gym that offers a lot, in addition to its adult education center, as well as various options at Castellberg, the local mountain, and designated hiking and walking trails, Becker explains. So far there has been no proper path, but that is at least an idea being followed. About a year ago, a mountain bike path from Klbelescheuer to Staufen failed to come true. The city council of Salzburg opposed this.
On the other hand, Baker describes the gastronomic offer, which is rated at only 4.8, as “justified”. Only Eschbach did worse. There are only two places to eat in Ballrechten-Dottingen: Gasthof Zum Engel and Ziegelhofstraui. In 2016 the restaurant “Stolzer Hahn” was closed, in 2017 the restaurant Stork was closed. The buildings have now been reused as residences, so there is no turning back. This “attrition” has always been a problem among citizens, Becker says. Restaurants are one thing, a nice and cozy cafe is another. The mayor knows that many in Ballrechten-Dottingen would like it too. He says it’s always his turn when rooms get free, but it’s hard to find a worker. In the end, it only works in relation to something else, eg a coffee shop inn. “There is always a question as to whether the café will be accepted.”
There is a shortage of offers for the elderly
When it comes to friendliness for seniors, Ballrecht-Dottingen underperforms, coming in at 5.8 in sixth with Neuenburg. “We’re seniors-friendly, but the show isn’t there, I agree with respondents. We’re aware of that and we’re working extensively with the city council,” Becker says. In the Holzweg IV development area, for example, there will be apartments for seniors who find the house with a very large garden. We’re also working on the topic of forms of sponsorship and it looks promising, Baker says. He hopes to announce more details over the next two months. On the other hand, the project to help living with a care unit failed due to economic reasons.
On the other hand, Becker is angry at the 5.0 below-average performance of his community in healthcare. “I really don’t understand it at all.” Care is good for a community of this size, the basics are there, and there is a dentist and a general medicine practice, as well as two hospitals nearby, in Melheim and Bad Kreuzingen. Of course, there’s a pharmacy missing, says Baker, the topic was first before he took office. But it is not currently possible to obtain one and there is at least the possibility of obtaining medicines from Heitersheim pharmacies.
The new local transportation concept should bring improvements
Survey respondents are also dissatisfied with the community’s connection to local public transport: 5.5, followed only by Salzburg and Denweiler. But according to Becker, improvements are looming: Ballrecht-Dottingen will be very well served with the new local transportation concept. The community is a hub on the Mllheim-Staaufen and Sulzburg-Heitersheim axis. However, implementation will take a year or two.
According to the survey, there is still room for improvement when it comes to cultural performances. With a sixth place 5.3 with Schlingen. “Of course we’re not a cultural bastion, but we have one or another show,” Becker says. Come a lot of clubs and the civic establishment. According to those surveyed, the traffic load in Ballrechten-Dottingen is low, the level of cleanliness is high, the retail sector needs to expand, and the real estate market in the area is rated fairly low. 5 points, Ballrechten-Dottingen average energy and climate protection. “I think everyone is very involved, including us,” Becker says, noting the conversion of more than 70 lights in the city to LEDs, which will continue gradually. On the other hand, wind power is not a problem, but the use of rooftop areas for photovoltaic systems and the local heating network was not economically viable in the new development area.
In general, he is very satisfied with the result, says Becker, and does not want to be content with his laurels. “All areas should at least be preserved if they are not developed further.”
Voices from the community
- “Climate protection and renewable energy (wind turbines) must be further strengthened.”
- “A beautiful village in the Black Forest and in the vineyards with many nice people who are very committed to their community. Hopefully the heights of the Black Forest will not be marred by wind turbines.”
- “Society is criminally ignoring flood protection.”
- “Public transportation is very poor. Many things would not be possible without a car and would only be accessible with a lot of planning time and good nerves.”
- “The condition of the children’s playgrounds is not satisfactory. Every village should have a field for football, beach volleyball and street basketball. But it must be preserved. In the village there should be more cultural events, theater and music for the 30-65 generation.”
- “More bike paths need to be built, smaller cafés (in every city) as a meeting place for young and old will be an important quality of life, and local public transportation is expensive, which is why giant buses are always empty.”
- “The quality of life is excellent. Everything about life is well organized and close by.”
- “More affordable living space. No more development plans for small single family homes and the resulting massive use of space.”
- “There is almost nothing on offer for young people, old people and old people. There is almost no gastronomy. Cultural life is almost non-existent. The service in the town hall is not the best either. Much has to change here so it is not just a ‘sleepy village’.”