Mountain village in the Jura wishes exceptional milk elevate restored

The mountain milk churn raise at Blois-sur-Seille in the Jura, a village of about 100 inhabitants, opened in 1893 and was in use until finally the Comté cheese dairy shut in 1982.

Locals now want to see it renovated. Mayor Laurent Besançon hopes it will be a vacationer attraction.

“When it was operating, the milk churn lift was a large aid to farmers up in the mountain,” explained Mr Besançon.

“As considerably as we know, it is the only a single of its form in France.” A nearby farmer experienced the plan after finishing his military services company in Grenoble, the place the army utilized a similar method to bring stone down the mountain.

Back again in the Jura, he obtained collectively with 7 other farmers and introduced in a builder from close by Saint-Lamain to build it.

“It is 500 metres extended, likely up 200 metres in peak.

“It functions using gravity to mail the empty churns again uphill as the complete ones are despatched down. Some 200 litres of milk could be transported on each journey. It really was an ingenious process.” It will price about €100,000 to renovate as numerous of the elements want changing.

“We have been holding fundraising activities with the association Les Loups de Blois to increase income to get the carry doing work all over again but our village is too tiny to make the sum of funds we have to have, so we are asking for enable.

‘As significantly as we know, it is the only one particular of its type in France’ suggests Mr Besançon of the milk elevate

“The Fondation du Patrimoine, which supports projects to preserve local heritage, has presented us an charm site on its web-site.”

Mr Besançon hopes they will begin renovation operates at the start of this summertime so it can open in autumn.

In the meantime, the government has introduced ski lifts will not open up on February 1 and are most very likely to remain shut for the total month. This is undesirable information for ski resorts which hoped to make up some of the losses faced at Christmas through the February university vacations.

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