ORIHUELA town hall has been warned over the lack of maintenance and the dangerous condition of playgrounds in Orihuela Costa by Valencia region ombusdman, José Cholbí.
Sr Cholbí noted that an investigation was launched after newspapers highlighted the issue and the inaction of the council.
The ombudsman stated that the council had admitted the problems and was aware of the risk to children and residents.
According to Sr Cholbí, the council had partly blamed construction companies for the situation because they had not repaired damaged playgrounds and parks.
As a result they could not be handed over to the council.
However, he stressed that the council can be held responsible for any accident or injury due to its lack of action and ‘irregular behaviour’.
He urged the council to launch a comprehensive and urgent repair and maintenance programme. They should establish a work schedule as ‘simply budgeting money is not enough’.
Sr Cholbí also asked the council to take action to force builders to complete and repair parks and playgrounds.
The town planning department has a severe shortage of administrative staff and the situation is chaotic in offices, such as the inspection unit.
Villamartín residents association pointed out that the council was officially asked 20 days ago to remove a very sharp metal piece from a playground but nothing has been done.
“This is the only playground in the PAU-8 and PAU26 urbanisations which can be used by children because all other playgrounds are in such a poor condition,” noted the association.
An Orihuela Costa park