Orihuela mayor’s interview
Orihuela June 26, 2017 It has surprised me, and many others too, that Costa Blanca News has given so much uncritical space to the mayor of Orihuela in successive weekly interviews about the coast. Some of the things he has said in the course of these interviews are fanciful and downright deceptive.
In a breathtaking assertion, which is so obviously counter factual, he says that the coast has benefitted more than the city from huge investments. Among the big-item examples: €3 million for the Emergency Services Centre - in the next paragraph he admits that the Emergency Services Centre will be financed by the regional Valencia government, not the budget of Orihuela town hall; €500,000 for sewage - investments in the sewage system are paid for by consumers from their water bills, not the budget of Orihuela town hall; €260,000 for repairing the cliff falls on the Cabo Roig coastal walkway – the walkway has been closed for four years, waiting for these repairs.
He fails to acknowledge that in a recent exceptional investment budget for €1.3 million, the share of the coast was €18,000, 1.4%. The small village of La Aparecida received €900,000 to complete construction of a civic centre. So much for our huge investments! He says the budget for 2017 is only days away. The budget for 2017, which should have been approved at the end of 2016, will be key to determining investments for Orihuela Costa and the real test of the mayor’s sincerity. Among our many needs, the 2017 budget will determine whether Orihuela Costa will finally get a Cultural-Social Centre situated on the municipally owned car park area of La Zenia Boulevard where there is currently a summer circus. However, days after saying the new budget was days away, in a reshuffle of his governing team caused by divisions in his party, the responsibility for the budget has gone to a different councillor. Watch this space for further delays in the presentation of the 2017 budget.
But to cap it all, his final words in Interview II are that the coast is our (Orihuela’s) big area of natural heritage and he will take care of it so it keeps on being a national and international reference point. This is the height of fantasy. In the long campaign spearheaded by C.L.A.R.O. to save Cala Mosca, our last and Website comment
June 26, 2017 Watched English Parliament today about EU nationals living here. They can all stay here. Those who have been here five years can bring family over here after the five years, no questions asked. If you arrive here before the cut-off date but have not completed the five years you can stay here, and when you have completed the five years the same applies.
All the benefits that we get here in the UK they are entitled to, ie NHS free, GP surgeries, etc.
The only stumbling block which I do not agree with is the EU court being in charge of any problems the EU Nationals may have. We are leaving the EU so why should they overrule our English courts? But the EU still want to over-ride what happens here.
Two weeks ago while in Fuengirola a doctor was called to the hotel I was staying in. Before he would even look at the patient it was 150 euros. In the UK it's free. Patricia Hanson