Coun­cil to ask for so­cial homes to rent

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News Staff Re­porter A BID to pro­mote af­ford­able so­cial hous­ing for rent in Ori­huela Costa was sup­ported in last Thurs­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing by all par­ties.

The mo­tion, sub­mit­ted by the So­cial­ist party (PSOE), fo­cused on 36 so­cial prop­er­ties (VPO) at PAU-8 in Vil­la­martín, which have re­mained un­sold and empty for many years

PSOE coun­cil­lor Carolina Gracia said the coun­cil should ask the re­gional hous­ing depart­ment to also of­fer the op­tion of rent­ing them.

She said that 114 ap­pli­ca­tions for so­cial hous­ing have been made in Ori­huela, which proves there is a high de­mand for af­ford­able prop­er­ties.

“Many peo­ple can­not af­ford to buy a prop­erty and subsi- dised rent­ing is the most fea­si­ble op­tion for them,” she said.

The coun­cil­lor high­lighted that in Au­gust the re­gional gov­ern­ment in­vested €140,000 to re­pair the apart­ments and com­mu­nal ar­eas be­cause they had been al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate.

“These prop­er­ties have been re­paired and could be rented out at an af­ford­able price with great suc­cess, but first the coun­cil has to ap­ply for this change of use,” she said.

Sra Gracia pointed out that an­other 63 so­cial prop­er­ties at El Bar­ranco have fi­nally been sold af­ter huge ef­forts and large price re­duc­tions.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on so­cial hous­ing in the prov­ince is avail­able on the re­gional hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion web­site at www.evha.es A 60-year-old man who kissed a nine-year-old girl he did not know on the mouth in an Elche ho­tel has been con­victed of sex­ual abuse at the Ali­cante provin­cial court. His de­fence and the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor reached an agree­ment that in re­turn for a guilty plea, he would ac­cept a sus­pended two-year prison sen­tence. The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as J.B.L., was or­dered to pay the vic­tim an undis­closed sum in com­pen­sa­tion and must not ap­proach her for two years. He will also be su­per­vised for six years, dur­ing which time he can­not take any job which in­volves ‘reg­u­lar and di­rect con­tact with mi­nors’. Ac­cord­ing to the sen­tence, the in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 20.30 on June 3, 2017, when the girl was play­ing with other chil­dren and he grabbed her face with both hands and kissed her on the mouth. The mag­is­trates con­cluded that he had acted to ‘sat­isfy his most rep­re­hen­si­ble sex­ual in­stincts’.

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