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IU-Verdes denounces the decrease of municipal services in districts during the summer and proposes solutions (22/08/2019)

Gloria Martín has warned that these deficiencies increase the existing inequalities between the inhabitants of the urban area and those of the rural environment, and has called for a pilot experience to be launched so that, from the ground, work for social revitalization, economic and environmental of the people and also to speed up the day-to-day management

The councilor of the United Left-Greens, Gloria Martín, has echoed the complaints of the residents of Lorca deputies for the decrease of municipal public services during the summer months, "which increase the inequalities already existing among the inhabitants of the urban area and those of the rural environment. "

Among other examples, Martín said that the City Council has not served in some villages during the month of August, which has prevented many neighbors from carrying out administrative procedures, or forced them to travel more than 30 kilometers to the town hall.

In that sense, he recalled that in most cases they are elderly people who do not even have public transportation to move to Lorca.

Martín also pointed out that the lack of cleanliness has increased due to the management deficiencies that his party has been observing in the municipal company LIMUSA since responsible councilor, Francisco Morales (C's) took over this area.

"Workers are being forced to do overtime and there are still areas where they only spend one or two days a week to collect the waste that accumulates in garbage-filled containers," he explained.

In that sense, the mayor of IU asked the Mayor of Lorca, Diego José Mateos (PSOE) that does not consent to the application of criteria of private management that presume some impact on the quality of employment and public services, "because citizens will hold him accountable. "

Martín has also warned of the lack of irrigation of the woodland, as it happens in the entrance walk to the district of Zarcilla de Ramos, and has requested that the drip irrigation system be repaired urgently.

On the other hand, the councilor of Izquierda Unida has proposed a specific action plan in the rural areas of the municipality to radically change the concept of territorial management that has been developed in the municipality over the past few years.

"We are committed to decentralization given the peculiarities of Lorca, which is the second largest municipal term in Spain and where we must combine attention to the urban area, where 60,000 people reside, with 39 villages where another 33,000 do the same rights, "said Martin.

Therefore, he has encouraged the municipal government team to launch a pilot experience in the Highlands of Lorca by creating a municipal body that would be responsible for the political-administrative management of a natural region that, for IU, has "own geographical, social, cultural, economic, environmental and landscape identity" and, therefore, "deserves a global approach when dealing with problems and developing potentialities".

If the experience is positive, IU is committed to extending it to other areas of the territory.

The idea is to implement a Local Development Agency as a technical-administrative reference entity in charge of developing a Social, economic and environmental Revitalization Plan that must be participatory.

But, in addition, with a councilor working in the territory and not in the square of Spain, the efforts that have to do with the day-to-day life of these towns will also be expedited and displacements to the neighbors will be avoided.

Martín has assured that the lack of municipal budget cannot be an excuse, because it would hardly cost the City Council.

"It only takes vocation, commitment, desire to work and little more than computers and phones to start changing things," he said.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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