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The City Council presents three improvement and dynamisation projects for the districts to LEADER European funds amounting to almost 114,000 euros (10/01/2019)

The Councilor for Rural Development of the City of Lorca, Angel Meca, has announced a series of projects in different districts of the municipality for whose implementation has been requested aid to European LEADER funds.

The mayor said that "in this call for aid has been requested through the local action group Integral, whose territory of action extends to the districts of northern Lorca and also through the local action group Campoder, which has in its territory of action to the districts of the center and south of the municipal area.The total amount of aid requested amounts to 113,922.73 euros ".

The mayor has announced that "there are three specific projects for which we request funding: The first is the creation of murals in the districts of the north, namely Doña Inés, Coy, La Paca, Zarzadilla de Totana, Zarcilla de Ramos, Zúñiga and La Parroquia, the second is the improvement of the El Counsel park, in the deputation of Parrilla, and finally, funding is also requested for the improvement of plazas and parks in Los Jopos, in the hamlet of La Escucha.

The project of the creation of murals in the districts of northern Lorca has a value of 17,968.50 euros.

Due to the phenomenon of depopulation, which has particularly affected this territory, the high districts are faced with the challenge of maintaining and attracting new neighbors that will envision a hopeful future for the inhabitants.

The project "Murals in the districts of northern Lorca" aims primarily at the improvement and cultural and tourist development of the area of ​​the high districts of Lorca by developing these artistic expressions on facades of different places in these districts, contributing thus to beautify the rural nuclei, to foment the rural tourism, to contribute to the dynamisation of the high districts by means of formulas of participation and to preserve the identitary characteristics of these nuclei of population.

To this end, a thematic mural will be prepared in each hamlet, painting on the facades of women's centers, youth centers, social centers and parks.

The theme of each mural has been selected at the proposal of the members of the Espartaria Federation of each district, thus having participatory character, ranging from the vine to the aromatic, the landscape of the Sierra de Pedro Ponce and the Sierra del Gigante or the rural woman and the child in this medium.

The neighbors themselves will be those who choose the design of the mural that will eventually be reflected in their district, which will be developed with different artistic techniques, graffiti having a special role.

It is therefore a project with a marked multi-thematic character, since it covers aspects of the environment, it promotes the districts in tourism, it reflects the role of women in rural areas and includes elements of citizen participation.

The project of improvements in the park of the Counselor of the Diputación de Parrilla has a value of 36,939.47 euros.

This project aims to beautify the Park of the Councilor, located next to the ravine of the 17 arches, to provide entertainment infrastructure for children and adults.

It is a project that will contribute to the improvement of the appearance of this public space, allowing greater use by the resident population in the area as well as visitors to this district.

The project includes the installation of biosaludables games so that the elderly in the hamlet and surroundings can exercise and improve their mobility, also install playground for the little ones.

There will be an inclusive swing for children with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Likewise, there will be environmental awareness posters that reflect the native flora and fauna (habitat of community interest, special reference to the black tortoise, ZEPA and SCI areas) and indicate the existence of nearby archaeological sites, so that, together with the plantation of new trees and the renewal of drip irrigation, the population becomes aware of these natural resources and becomes aware of their conservation and protection.

The third project, relating to improvements in squares and parks of Los Jopos, in the deputation of La Escucha for a value of 59,014.76 euros, contemplates the execution of improvements in the Antonio Pérez Valverde plaza and the Los Jopos park, both belonging to to this district.

These are two spaces that require improvements in the equipment of their children's facilities, as well as providing them with leisure elements for the elderly.

For this purpose, biosaludable games will be installed to improve the mobility of the elderly people residing in this hamlet and in the closest ones who may be users of these parks;

more modern playgrounds will be installed;

a colored galvanized metal fence will be installed in the playground area;

Impact rubber flooring will be installed in the playground area;

Improvements will be made in the cleaning of landscaping, such as replacing irrigation, planting new trees and renovating the antihiery maya;

improvements will be made in the accessibility of the square with the signaling of parking places for people with reduced mobility;

podotáctiles slabs for people with visual impairment will be installed and environmental awareness posters will be placed where aspects related to the natural flora and fauna of the area, places of community interest and nearby archaeological sites are collected, in order to raise awareness among the population about its protection and conservation.

Meca stressed that "from the Department of Rural Development is still working on the development of several projects that will be presented to qualify for new grants within the LEADER program, having opened the two local action groups to which Lorca belongs the following call for the selection of projects corresponding to 2020, and public and private projects can be submitted until December 20, 2019. It should be remembered that the Department has an advisory service for individuals interested in opting for these important aid for the improvement of the rural areas. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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