Touch­ing let­ter of grat­i­tude

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Letters To The Editor -

Kind re­gards Si­mon Davey Oc­to­ber 8 Dear sirs, On be­half of my part­ner (Joan Ed­wards) who sadly lost her fight for life on Satur­day July 21, 2018, I am at­tach­ing a let­ter that she wrote prior to her death that she wanted me to for­ward to you.

She had en­joyed 18 years liv­ing here in Spain and wanted to ex­press her thanks to the med­i­cal staff who cared for her.

The let­ter I have found that the hospi­tal, doc­tors, nurses and also the home care doc­tors and nurses to be both friendly and pro­fes­sional.

They have looked af­ter me on a per­sonal level and have shown great em­pa­thy to­wards both my­self and my fam­ily.

With their knowl­edge of the per­sonal prob­lems we are fac­ing have proved holis­tic. I have been at the fore­front of any de­ci­sions with re­gard to my treat­ment; they have acted with great re­spect and sup­port for my­self and that of my fam­ily.

I feel hon­oured that I have had the pleasure of the ter­mi­nal care in Va­len­cia's health com­mu­nity. Kind re­gards Joan Ed­wards "The English Pa­tient" Dear Mr Davey Our deep­est sym­pa­thy on your loss and grat­i­tude to your­self and Joan for choos­ing to ex­press such kind words of grat­i­tude, de­spite such a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, through our news­pa­per. to any pub­li­ca­tion you feel ap­pro­pri­ate. I would ap­pre­ci­ate that you could let me know if you do use it.

Mak­ing a stand can bring re­wards Hav­ing the courage to con­front in­jus­tice is never easy. Per­versely, the of­ten long and dif­fi­cult jour­ney makes as many en­e­mies as friends, and the temp­ta­tion to give up be­comes strong.

Hard lessons are learnt along the way: such as the in­nate abil­ity of those who hold the power to de­fend the in­de­fen­si­ble; that the le­gal sys­tem can cloud is­sues rather than clar­ify, and be­come part of the prob­lem; that politi­cians’ prom­ises are merely words.

But some­times de­spite all these dif­fi­cul­ties, a stand just has to be made. And when that brings re­wards, the feel­ing is one of pure joy.

This tale is all too com­mon in Spain. The res­i­dents of an ur­ban­i­sa­tion caught in the cross­fire of a le­gal dis­pute be­tween a Town Hall and the developer that has lasted 16 years. Be­cause of the dis­pute, no ba­sic ser­vices, no main­te­nance or re­pair, are pro­vided by the Town Hall (de­spite col­lect­ing by Suma for the same 16 years), with the in­evitable prob­lems for the in­fra­struc­ture.

When this in­volves the sewage sys­tem for 1500 dwellings, the prob­lems can rapidly be­come se­ri­ous. For the res­i­dents of the beau­ti­ful ur­ban­i­sa­tion of Monte Pego, on the Costa Blanca, they did.

For many years, the wa­ter dis­charged from the sewage treat­ment plant had not been prop­erly treated and Pego Town Hall paid large fines for the pol­lu­tion. By 2017, this pol­lu­tion had be­come al­most raw sewage, as con­firmed by lab­o­ra­tory tests ar­ranged by the Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Pro Monte Pego (PMP).

Some­thing had to be done. The Town Hall still re­fused to act, even though the large Mar­jal Nat­u­ral Park and rice fields stand di­rectly in the line of the pol­lu­tion.

In or­der to pro­tect the ur­ban­i­sa­tion, the stun­ning nat­u­ral park’s flora and fauna, and the good name of the area, the bold de­ci­sion was taken in the sum­mer of 2017 to pe­ti­tion the EU Par­lia­ment.

It took courage, but the cause was just, the re­wards po­ten­tially enor­mous. Po­lit­i­cal pres­sure from the EU could un­lock the stale­mate.

To the great de­light of the PMP As­so­ci­a­tion, the EU Pe­ti­tions Com­mit­tee ac­cepted the sub­mis­sion - a tri­umph in it­self - and over the last 6 months, ev­i­dence has been gath­ered and shared with the EU.

Now the ex­cit­ing news has ar­rived that mem­bers of PMP have been in­vited to Brus­sels to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee, and hear their verdict.

If the EU sup­ports the pe­ti­tion, then the po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on the Town Hall and other au­thor­i­ties will be of huge help, and of course, vin­di­ca­tion for the courage to stand up for jus­tice. It would be the best pos­si­ble good news story.

An­ton Leest See the re­port on this is­sue by Samantha Kett on page 16.

His views are very one sided and al­though I con­sid­ered the way to vote at the time, I was not sure from the ev­i­dence sup­plied who was right. I had to give a long and thought­ful look at all the op­tions. Both sides seemed to be wrong and the fig­ures be­ing stated were be­yond my imag­i­na­tion.

As it has turned out many peo­ple were of the same opin­ion, not know­ing how to vote. One prob­lem which did fo­cus our minds was that we were not in con­trol of our own destiny. Mrs May tried to have a Mus­lim preacher sent to Amer­ica but was un­able to carry this out as re­sis­tance was given by the Court of Hu­man Rights. Why should they stop the ex­port of a crim­i­nal? How would that stop his hu­man rights if he was proved guilty and sent to an Amer­i­can prison. That did hap­pen and in the end he was jailed for many years.

This showed that we are now un­able to con­trol not only our bor­ders, but also our ju­di­cial sys­tem, which is dom­i­nated by Brus­sels. What a ter­ri­ble state of af­fairs. An­other point to con­sider as far as votes are con­cerned is the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. We would never win that any­more as all the eastern bloc vote to­gether and we do not stand a chance. Terry Wo­gan was right!

Now think about all the new coun­tries in the EU. Where do they come from and would any­one ever lis­ten to us again? An­swer -NO!

It ap­pears that Mr Jones does not want to be in con­trol of his own destiny but be ruled by the EU. He is also a Guardian reader, which lim­its him in his abil­ity to think for him­self as everyone knows that they are to­tally against -dare I say it - Brexit. Fig­ures can be banded about and no one is able to dis­pute them.

The sum of 500m a week has been stated. Can­not quite see that as we have al­most full em­ploy­ment and a short­age of skilled labour for many in­dus­tries and we are re­stricted in al­low­ing skilled peo­ple into the coun­try as we are con­trolled by the EU! Is that good? I do not think so. Per­haps the writer was not born, or can­not re­mem­ber be­fore we en­tered the orig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion- the Com­mon Mar­ket. Great idea-free trade be­tween coun­tries and that is how it should have stayed. The peo­ple at the' top' now want a united Po­lice Force and Army. Where will it end? It all costs money.

Can the writer tell me the last time the books of the EU were au­dited? I bet he can­not, as no one will take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity. You can guess why- cor­rup­tion, oth­er­wise all the top ac­count firms would love to earn mil­lions from an au­dit. They are all ALL fright­ened by what they might dis­cover- there can be no other ex­pla­na­tion. Guess why!

Please do not for­get that all the coun­tries ex­port goods to us. It all seems that peo­ple do not want to men­tion that fact. I think we are the se­cond largest coun­try that im­ports agri­cul­tural goods into the coun­try from Spain.

What hap­pens to the thou­sands of ve­hi­cles and goods that could be held up in the docks if we im­pose reg­u­la­tions against them? They will go bank­rupt if their goods, which are mostly per­ish­able, can­not be de­liv­ered on time. Ma­chin­ery and cars from Ger­many could be af­fected if the 'just in time' method of man­u­fac­tur­ing is not al­lowed. Com­pa­nies will col­lapse.

No one wants un­em­ploy­ment so do con­sider the other side of the ar­gu­ment- they NEED us as much as we need THEM!

There is also a big world out­side the EU where we have been re­stricted from trad­ing, as the EU laws do not al­low that. I think there is al­most 90% more of the world away from the EU which could in­crease our mar­ket not re­strict it.

Wake up Mr Jones and do not preach doom and gloom all the time but think of the pos­i­tives and op­por­tu­ni­ties that the rest of the world could of­fer. It will be a very ex­cit­ing time for the UK away from the re­stric­tions of the EU. One thing I for­got-only 36 bil­lion- I think that's the sum we pay in! This will be con­sid­er­ably re­duced, so there should be some money to re­pair the UK roads that are fast be­com­ing the worst in the west­ern world!

Ge­off Spinks

Hi Ge­of­frey, thanks for tak­ing the time to write in and share your point of view. My piece was one sided be­cause it was ex­actly that – my point of view on our Vox Pop opin­ion page.

I have to ad­mit that I am a be­liever in Euro­pean unity and the con­cept of free­dom of move­ment which

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