ORIHUELA GRANTS UNDER QUESTION

Former Mayor of Orihuela, Mónica Lorente, has appeared before a press conference this week, partly to criticize the “lack of initiative by the government team”, and to state that the Partido Popular of Orihuela will submit two projects to the Alicante provincial council for funding, the first at Rabaloche, the second at La Zenia, in order to “meet the demands of citizens”.

In the apparent absence of the official spokesperson of the PP, Lorente said that the projects would be presented at the next council plenary meeting this week, the Rabaloche project aimed at solving the water problems, the second improving traffic flow at La Zenia.

However, in a follow-up press conference, the councillor for infrastructure, Víctor Ruiz, has pointed out that neither of the two proposed projects are possible, as both areas are outside the direct control of the local town hall, the Rabaloche area being managed and maintained by the hydrographical department of the ministry, the La Zenia project affecting roads governed by the ministry of public works.

In addition, whilst praising the plan for funding offered by the Alicante government, Ruiz also pointed out that even if these two projects were possible, the combined cost would be in excess of 100,000 euro, whereas the maximum allowed for any municipality is 50,000 euro, which must be destined to a single project.

During the same conference, Lorente also detailed how the provincial government has given 4.4 million euro to Orihuela since 2012; all invested in infrastructure and towards social and neighbourhood groups. However, offering detailed accounts of that investment, Ruiz disputed the figures, detailing how, in 2012, Orihuela received 26,000 euro in subsidy, whereas local groups received 105,000 euro. In 2013, Orihuela received 19,000 euro and another 104,000 euro went to other groups, and in 2014 Alicante gave Orihuela 180,000 euro for parks and gardens, 240,000 for the town of Mancebería, 60,000 euro for rural roads and 50,000 euro as their latest grant.

In total, according to Ruiz, since 2012, Orihuela has received 786.000 euro from Alicante in subsidy and grants, to which the councillor asked the PP to “stop taking people for fools” with their “lies”.

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