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By Kevin Reardon / 2016-05-01 11:14:53

Despite the wishes of people living on the Coast it now seems as though the politicians in Orihuela are about to divide the municipality into eleven neighbourhood districts with the final plans put to the monthly plenary last Thursday.

Mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, said that “although the proposals are not agreed by 100% of the people they do have a high consensus of accord.” 

The vote was actually approved by the majority in plenary with the Partido Popular and Ciudadanos  voting in favor and the PSOE and Foro Demócrata abstaining whilst Cambiemos voted against.

As explained by the Councillor for Citizens, Juan Ignacio Lopez-Bas, the organisations will better channel citizens problems and proposals through their own district and municipal management body.

Each Board will meet three times a year, but may decide to increase the frequency.  They will consist of eleven members who will be elected “democratically” every four years in each district. The presidency of each body, however, will be a member of the municipal council who will be appointed by the mayor.

Districts 1 to 4 will be firmed from within Orihuela city and it’s immediate surrounds. District five  will be the rural villages of La Murada, Barbarroja and La Matanza while six be formed by La Aparecida, el Raiguero de Bonanza, de Levante and de Poniente

El Camino de Beniel, Desamparados and Las Norias will make up area number seven and Hurchillo, Arneva and Torremendo district eight.

District nine Will be formed by the pedanías of La Campaneta, Correntías and San Bartolomé while ten and eleven will be based on the Orihuela Costa.

Lopez-Bas  said that he hopes to have the eleven new District bodies fully operating by the end of the year

He assured people that this will be one of the most comprehensive and direct methods of involvement by local residents that exist in Spain.

Critics, however, say that the concept is one of a strategy that breaks up existing power structures in order to decrease the power that they are able to exert and that will certainly be the case on the Orihuela Costa where residents are already being denied their rights as we regularly see with the prolific expenditure in Orihuela City, so subdividing the authority into much smaller areas will make it far easier for the city based politicians to deny the coast what is rightfully theirs.

In a recent cost cutting measure the post office stopped home postal deliveries to Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Regia and La Zenia I and II. They said that they were not a single integrated urban entity with the required population to maintain a full postal service. With the further division of the Costa by the Partido Popular and minority Ciudadanos what hopes there were of re establishing that authority will now be even further diminished.


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