Funding windfall for town halls
Cash for infrastructure projects and other necessities
By Dave Jones and Alex Watkins A TOTAL of €25 million is being stumped up by the provincial government for projects in towns and villages around Alicante.
Provincial president César Sánchez said they were funding ‘financially sustainable’ schemes.
He noted that these will generate jobs and ‘improve the lives of residents’.
Sr Sánchez explained that they take into account the number of inhabitants of a municipality, the density of the population and the surface area. He said this year’s round of investments cover a wide range of actions including refurbishing waste water pipes, street lighting, environmental projects, resurfacing streets, etc.
The works will be contracted out by town halls, with the provincial government cash covering part of the bill.
The largest grants in the Vega Baja area have gone to Orihuela (€475,000) and Torrevieja (€414,909). In Orihuela a total of €240,000 will be invested in revamping streets and rural roads which were seriously damaged during floods in December 2016.
The funding is for La Zenia on the coast and the rural districts of Molins, La Murada, Hurchillo, Arneva, El Arenal, Desamparados and Correntías which were hit when the River Segura burst its banks.
In Callosa de Segura the grant will be used to repair houses damaged by subsidence from a water leak in 2014-2015 on Calle Salitre.
It will substitute a grant of €238,000 for the same purpose that was awarded last year.
The new amount will cover 75% of the cost of the project.
The aid had been held up by disputes in the provincial government because the opposition parties did not approve of the Partido Popular’s (PP) ‘arbitrary’ policy of awarding grants to town halls because most were given to municipalities run by the PP.
“This financing is the key so that the street can be repaired,” said PSOE mayor Fran Maciá.
Three years ago the street had to be closed to traffic and the houses evacuated, four of which are still being held up with props.
The town hall’s insurance company also has to contribute a further €710,000 to repair the four evacuated houses, which the local authority will then try to reclaim from water supply companies Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla and Aqualia for allegedly not having checked for leaks.
The provincial government funding will have to be rubber stamped in an emergency meeting of the provincial parliament which is due to take place today (Friday).
Calle Salitre in Callosa