Socialists’ palace coup
By Nuria Pérez NEARLY €1.9 million has been budgeted to reform the abandoned neo-baroque Rubalcava palace in Orihuela’s historic city centre by the council, the Socialist party (PSOE) councillors Víctor Ruíz and Carmen Gutiérrez revealed this week.
The project would see the palace turned into a social and cultural centre with a museum, an exhibition hall, a concert hall, rooms for associations and workshops, a conference room, a yoga and sports facility and a garden and aviary.
According to Sr Ruiz, some services would be offered to private companies, as the palace would also have a café, a banquet and dance hall and kitchen area, a multimedia and children’s entertainment room, a cocktail bar and a tearoom.
Sra Gutiérrez stressed that the scheme did not include reinforcing the structure, although the palace was designed as a home and not as a public facility. She pointed out that most of the budget was allocated to decoration, painting and plaster works, gardening works and not proper refurbishment works.
“It seems mayor Emilio Bascuñana is focused on having a nice picture of himself taken instead of promoting a proper refurbishment scheme,” she said.
They claimed that the council had not allowed residents to put forward ideas, that the scheme was not on public display and that it would be used by private companies to run their hostelry businesses.
The works are to be financed thought the EU’s EDUSI scheme, which includes other works in the city - and a grant from the ministry for culture.
The Rubalcava palace in Orihuela