Ori­huela mayor’s in­ter­view

Costa Levante News - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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