In 2020, the town hall of Saint-Jean d'Aulps (Haute-Savoie) had launched the construction of a ski slope and a "pumptrack" (a circuit for mountain biking and BMX). However, this equipment was created outside any legal framework. In total, the municipality was prosecuted for nine violations of the forest and urban planning codes, says Le Dauphiné Libéré. She was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended fine of 60,000 euros by the criminal court of Thonon-les-Bains. It will also have to bring the blue ski slope into compliance within 30 months, at its own expense.

Mayor William Chalençon had decided to clear 1.5 hectares of forest and remodel the land. The pumptrack was built in an area classified as red by the Risk Prevention Plan, says France Bleu Pays de Savoie.

Heavier requisitions

In his defense, the mayor had pleaded ignorance of urban planning rules during his hearing on March 26. The Public Prosecutor of Thonon had requested a fine of 80,000 euros against the town hall and 30,000 euros against William Chalençon, in a personal capacity. The first mayor was finally acquitted, the judges considering that his direct responsibility was not proven.

  • Annecy
  • Haute-Savoie
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Rhône-Alpes
  • Town planning
  • Ski