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Beekeeper's illegal castle demolished

The Local · 6 Jun 2012, 16:54

Published: 06 Jun 2012 16:54 GMT+02:00

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Volker Sieradzki was not there in the morning, as the diggers moved in to destroy the castle he spent eight years - and around €25,000 - building out of clay, wood and stone.

"No-one used to come and complain before," the stung 45-year-old told the Badische Zeitung newspaper. "Everyone knew about it."

He said he invested all his profits from his vineyard in the area into the castle, which he built to attract school children to his herb garden.

He had been intending to build a second and a third castle, plus a solar power unit, and turn the whole area into a nature adventure park.

But all those plans came to nothing on Wednesday. "It's bitter," said local district councillor Matthias Schimpf, but added that the castle had been built illegally and represented a safety risk for anyone who went inside.

"You have to respect his achievement," commented Rainer Burelbach, mayor of the nearby town of Heppenheim. "But it's still illegal."

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17:31 June 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
You gonna expect mercy from a guy named `Schimpf`?


This`ll teach him to beehave. XD

Volker, go to the New World and take your bees and castles with. There you will be happy and people will dig your wierd little petting-zoo/putt-putt park for children. Leave D Land to the Bureau-rats and Apparat-chicks.
17:38 June 6, 2012 by mos101392
In Germany, everyone wants their palms "greased". I'm sure he didn't pay the BAUAMT "THEIR" cut, otherwise he wouldn't have had a problem.
19:14 June 6, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Seems like he build this without planning permission. So I don't see what all the buzz is about.
21:20 June 6, 2012 by bob searcy
germany is sure a beautiful country but i couldnt live with the ocd neighbor mentality. ive built 2 castle styled homes in the usa and didnt ask anyones permission as i figure shelter is not a luxury. its an essential..

i like to make my own rules then break them. im an american..
01:29 June 7, 2012 by raandy
All he had was one Castle, the rest of his story seems a "little more me " what could have been.

I would had said the same or close to that if I had built a structure with out an inspection for code or a permit , come on man its 2012.
02:08 June 7, 2012 by Eric1
Not only in Germany but the USA one must get permission of the local mafia to use or build on private property. Government creates nothing and only destroys wealth. It might be illegal to build but destroying it is immoral and evil.
04:54 June 7, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
In the US there isn't a local mafia, unless you count the local planning commission and permits and inspections required. However, there are unspoken methods of getting around all that. It's simple really -- everyone looks the other way. It happens among the elite wealthy and the average folks.

This gentlemen should have had his property subject to inspection and then a list of required improvements within a certain time limit. should have been provided to him. To destroy his building is just draconian and clearly nasty powerplay. I agree he should come to America. His quirkiness would be welcome and his independent thinking would be accepted.
07:52 June 7, 2012 by DocEllis
Nothing like incomplete journalism. What's illegal about it? The story does not say. How about a complete story next time.
08:50 June 7, 2012 by hankeat
No one thinks about this. If the castle collapsed one day and killed someone, who would bear the responsibility? Therefore it is better to dismantle it now.
10:02 June 7, 2012 by Herr Ed
@hankeat: My thoughts exactly. Yes, the permitting process is a way for comunities to put money in their pockets, but it's also a way to ensure that structures are built to safety codes. If it collapsed on a group of school children there to see his herb garden, then everybody would have been up in arms about the government allowing him to build it without any oversight at all.
15:13 June 7, 2012 by hanskarl
What's illegal about it? Evidently, local responsible officials visited and inspected the structure and based on the construction deemed it unsafe. Local ordinances are in place to prevent poor quality construction and make sure the structure fits in with surround area and acceptance by neighbors. He must have violated the building ordinances of the local town. If you let one get away with it then you are under compulsion of a lawsuit to allow others to get away with it.
16:14 June 7, 2012 by DocEllis
Evidently, we are left to assume this is what happened. Perhaps it was the wrong color or faced the wrong direction or, or, or who knows. Not us, the story never made clear.
17:26 June 7, 2012 by Englishted
To the Americans out there who don't understand ,in Europe we lack the space you have and therefore any new building has to be given permission to be built ,it must also pass safety regulations ,I can only assume that in this case at least one of these sensible safeguards was not complied with.

I hope this my throw some light on the reason for its demolition.
18:24 June 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss
All kidding aside, it is a comfort to know that buildings in Germany are built safely and that one doesn`t have to worry about an elevator ride turning into the Demon Drop at Six Flags (amusement park). It can be draconian, rules are rules here. Better than in other countries where the officials have to be paid off AND the buildings are death traps as well.
23:39 June 8, 2012 by yuri_nahl
"Bureaucrats Gone Wild".
03:49 June 9, 2012 by aslanleon
My family left Germany because as my father said, "Everything was either illegal or mandatory."
13:31 June 9, 2012 by AlexR
@mos101392: "In Germany, everyone wants their palms "greased". I'm sure he didn't pay the BAUAMT "THEIR" cut, otherwise he wouldn't have had a problem."

What are you implying? There's no corruption in Germany! In Europe only the PIIGS are corrupted. Or this is what I've been told.
13:58 June 10, 2012 by gtaglia
He has the right to build anything he likes on his own property, without permission from anyone. If the law does not allow it, the law is wrong and needs to be repealed.
03:54 June 13, 2012 by lewis69
I think its disgusting that the government can just do that to some one.
00:51 June 14, 2012 by franconia
OH YEAH, try building in the USA on your own property in a zoned Neighborhood anything you want ! Ya'll must be from the Ozarks !
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