Fund­ing wind­fall for town halls

Cash for in­fra­struc­ture projects and other ne­ces­si­ties

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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

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