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ORIHUELA COSTA – SHOW ME A SIGN

A frequent complaint from residents of the Orihuela Costa, which has been highlighted on a number of occasions and has been bolstered by some politicians using the matter to gain favor, is the lack of street name signs, some of which have been stolen o…

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A frequent complaint from residents of the Orihuela Costa, which has been highlighted on a number of occasions and has been bolstered by some politicians using the matter to gain favor, is the lack of street name signs, some of which have been stolen or damaged, others which have apparently never been put in place.

With recent announcements of the night time ambulances being withdrawn, “how will ambulances from other areas find us, if we have no street signs?” was a common criticism, although modern ambulances are often fitted with state of the art equipment that can pinpoint locations more accurately than delays whilst drivers read a street sign. After all, how else can a helicopter successfully rescue climbers from a mountain top who have no idea of their location, but they were able to be found from the triangulation and GPS data that their mobile phones provided?

None the less, the matter is one of concern, and one which the town hall has sought to address. Since taking over the role of councilor for the coast, only a short time ago, Martina Scheurer has attempted to rectify the matter, first with a meeting of urbanization administrators, then with a meeting of urbanization presidents, who collectively represent every single person living on the coast. Having put the solution to those groups, the councilor said “tell us where the street signs are missing and we will replace them”. And yet, despite the account that the problem is a major concern to the coast, only two actually responded to the call for information.

Still not content and certainly not ready to give up, still convinced that there is a matter that needs resolving, the next stage of data collection has been launched this week.

A team of four technicians, in two vehicles, are now setting about driving every single street and road across the Orihuela Costa, checking every junction, every street and recording where signs are missing. Needless to say there is a cost involved in this, one which could have easily been avoided, if those who others say are complaining actually came forward with the facts in the first place.

But, don´t let any of this put you off. Don´t think that you can now leave it to somebody else or that it´s no longer your problem. Who knows if the technicians will be able to find all of the streets, especially if they´re not sign posted. Your information is still needed and still very much wanted.

It is a simple question of information at this time, according to Martina Scheurer, “If we know how many street signs we need, we can allocate a budget and get them replaced, but at the moment, we have no idea, it could be one or one thousand, we just don´t know.

So if you are one of the people who have ever made a complaint, make it now and get your sign post registered on the list of those missing. How long will this take? “We don´t know”, explained Martina, “they will finish when they finish”, but there is no time like the present.

You can even report missing, duplicated, broken, or incorrect, in fact anything that you think might be wrong, and you can do it anonymously, if you prefer. The simplest way is to contact the International Residents Office of the town hall, either by phone or by email, or just pop in and tell them in person, but please remember that this campaign is currently about “name” signs only, not traffic or information signs, they will come at a later date, but there´s nothing stopping you reporting them. It is just if the problem is that nobody knows how to get around, it´s your chance to put Orihuela Costa on the map, almost literally, by providing the information to a group of people so desperate to satisfy the critics of this particular perceived problem at least.

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