IN­VEST­MENT VOW FOR 2018

Tor­re­vieja's coali­tion coun­cil is set to spend more than €19 mil­lion on im­por­tant projects for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Jones

TOR­RE­VIEJA town hall will have a bud­get of €90.4 mil­lion for 2018 – if the coali­tion coun­cil wins the sup­port of two op­po­si­tion par­ties to ap­prove their spend­ing plan at an emer­gency coun­cil meet­ing to be held on Fri­day (De­cem­ber 29).

Fi­nance coun­cil­lor José Hur­tado pre­sented the fig­ures this week - and out­lined the main in­vest­ments which will be made by the town hall next year.

For the first time since com­ing to power in the sum­mer of 2015, the four­party coali­tion is con­fi­dent of pass­ing a bud­get – and be­ing able to fund projects to im­prove the town.

He noted that the sug­ges­tions of Sueña Tor­re­vieja and Ci­u­dadanos have been in­cluded – and the four coun­cil­lors from these two par­ties have agreed their sup­port in Fri­day’s vote.

Out of the €90.4 mil­lion to­tal, more than €19 mil­lion has been set aside for in­vest­ment.

The coali­tion’s flag­ship pro­ject is the take-over of the ail­ing pub­lic bus ser­vice, which is cur­rently out of con­tract.

Sr Hur­tado noted that €8 mil­lion has been ear­marked ‘for ve­hi­cles for pub­lic trans­port’.

At the end of Novem­ber coun­cil­lor Javier Man­zanares re­vealed that the coun­cil would re­quire a fleet of 28 buses to op­er­ate the ser­vice but said there were ‘dif­fer­ent ways’ of pur­chas­ing the ve­hi­cles.

Sr Hur­tado ex­plained that money would also be avail­able for im­por­tant schemes in the town cen­tre.

A to­tal of €730,000 has been set aside to draw up plans for the re­mod­elling of the Paseo de la Lib­er­tad where the hippy mar­ket stands; the his­toric Eras de la Sal the­atre; new parks and gar­dens; and new street light­ing.

The coun­cil­lor ex­plained that cash has also been ear­marked for the work on these projects - €750,000 for Paseo de la Lib­er­tad; €650,000 for the Eras de la Sal; €1.3 mil­lion for new parks; €1.2 mil­lion for street light­ing; and €1 mil­lion for sports fa­cil­i­ties.

At the same time, Sr Hur- tado said the coun­cil was not in­tend­ing to bor­row any more money and that the pub­lic debt would stand at €17.46 mil­lion at the end of this year – the lowest fig­ure in decades.

“We are clean­ing up the mu­nic­i­pal ac­counts,” he as­sured.

José Hur­tado holds the bud­get (not his Christ­mas CD)

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