So­cial­ists’ palace coup

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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

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