Local Daily News 22nd June

The CAM Foundation gives Orihuela City Council two months to regularise the "occupation" of the headquarters

The CAM Foundation, owner of the building on Calle Loaces, next to the Puente Nuevo, has sent a letter to the City Council warning that “the building is occupied by this entity.” At the same time they indicate “good faith and willingness to cooperate”, urging the council to resolve “this irregular situation” before August 31st. Otherwise, they invite them to “leave the facilities of the Aula de Cultura before September 30th.”

It has two rooms, one with a capacity for 450 people and another for 180, in addition to exhibition halls and a youth classroom. The City Council has been using it as a plenary hall and municipal offices since the Palace of the Marquis of Arneva, the town hall, is being rehabilitated. Although the works are about to be completed, all indications are that due to lack of space, not all services will be able to be moved, so the corporation will have to continue using the CAM facilities, at least until the municipal offices are expanded. something that is planned with the reform of the building that housed the old courts but will not be ready before a year. However, it has not yet been specified what services and areas it will house. It has only transpired that it will have a capacity for one hundred workers.

In 2019, both entities reached a free transfer agreement, when the Foundation announced that it planned to close this emblematic space in the city, which opened in 1986, housing more than 30 years of cultural and social history of the region: hundreds of exhibitions, events, concerts and even film screenings, as well as workshops, presentations and training activities.

Sources in the government team stated that they were working to find a solution, as “the PP left the contract in the air.” In the last quarter of last year, before the end of the transfer agreement on December 31st, the purchase of the building by surpluses – or surplus – for 3 million euros starred in the plenary and public debates.

Ciudadanos strongly opposed the acquisition, a proposal led by its governing partner, the PP, and which did not see Cambiemos and PSOE as completely wrong. In fact, the socialist group offered its vote in favour of the people so as not to depend on the orange formation, which repeatedly called the measure a “whim” and “unnecessary and ostentatious ostentation” considering that there were already enough municipal offices.

After several unsuccessful attempts, finally, in an extraordinary plenary session, the PP was left alone with the intention of the building to thicken the municipal patrimony, putting back the discrepancies between the government team. In January, he began renting with an option to buy for 13,055 euros (plus VAT) per month, but in a “precarious” situation, waiting to formalise the contract within two months, according to the PP’s forecast at the time. However, it was not made before or after the April 25th motion of censure.

In all that time, while the PP was negotiating the 2022 budgets, it did not give up on including the purchase. Now, the bipartisan PSOE and the orange party intend to push through the budgets, the main priority set by ousting the people from power, but including this point would lead to disagreements between the new members.

The Ministry of Health promises reinforcements at the Hospital de la Marina Baixa to prevent the collapse of the Emergency Department

The Minister of Universal Health and Public Health, Miguel Mínguez, visited the Marina Baixa Regional Hospital on Tuesday on the occasion of the start of work to expand the centre, which will increase the number of beds and, above all, double capacity of many of the services that are currently more saturated, such as operating rooms, emergencies or specialties where there is a longer waiting list, such as ophthalmology, from the current 33,000 square metres to 63,000 once the works are completed.

The regional head has also stated that this summer there will be reinforcements of medical staff to prevent the collapse of the emergency service, after in recent weeks the waiting times for patients to be treated or to be admitted to the plant have been delayed to the point to leave many sick people waiting for hours, or even days, on stretchers piled up in the hallways. “Reinforcements are ready and will be made,” said Rosa Louis Cereceda, Minister of Health, and Minister of Health. with more than one hundred percent tourist occupancy and there may be occasional saturation peaks. “

“Today is an important day for the Department of the Navy and also for me,” said the minister, who recalled his time as a doctor in this region, of which he was part of the staff between 1989 and 1992. “We participated “From the beginning of the stabilisation of this hospital,” built in 1986, “when from the top floors we could still see the sea and we were a really happy family of medical staff,” he added. However, Mínguez has also acknowledged that 30 years ago professionals already sensed what would begin to happen a few years later and that in the last decade it has become the most urgent problem in this region: the lack of capacity and staff.

“We already perceive that this Hospital will be small in the future, mainly in the summer periods, when there was a significant increase in population and we were already working a little narrow. It has undergone extensions but this is the momentous moment: the big investment “, said the Minister of Health, who also stressed that this project that has just begun” clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Ministry for the improvement of health infrastructure and public health. “

The expansion, which has a budget of close to 60 million euros, represents “the greatest effort ever made in this Department in health infrastructures”, defended the Minister, who has reviewed everything that will entail works from the point of view of improving care.

Among the great novelties that have been announced today is the fact that the project will include an underground car park under the new building with 322 spaces, which will come to replace those that are going to be removed on the surface to erect the new building. In this way, between the two parking lots, there will be a total of 679 spaces available, to which several hundred more will be added later, once the purchase of land that the City Council of La Vila Joiosa is negotiating with owners of 15,000 square metres is completed. squares annexed to the hospital compound and whose procedures, according to municipal sources, are already “well advanced”.

The services with the greatest demand and, therefore, with a longer waiting list will be enabled in the new building. Among them, the areas of Radiology, Emergencies -general and Paediatrics-, Gynaecological and Obstetric Emergencies -which will also have two operating theatres of their own to perform urgent caesarean sections and other interventions-, operating theatres for scheduled surgeries, ICU, Ophthalmology and a intended for consultation.

With regard to operating rooms, there will be a total of 12 from the eight existing ones, with space to expand to two more if necessary, and there will also be new Units for Surgery without Admission (UCSI). ) and Post-anesthetic Resuscitation (URPA). In the ER, the forecast is to increase the number of boxes from the current six to a total of 12; while the ICU will go from 12 to 18 beds for critics, with the possibility of also expanding them. Likewise, the centre will be equipped with a new Short Stay Unit and a new diagnostic imaging area, which will have two CT rooms, magnetic resonance imaging, conventional radiology and a mammograph.

The transfer of all these services to the new wing will make it possible to gain space in the current hospital to expand existing units. Among them, the hospitalisation plants, which will gain 52 beds to reach 322 in total; as well as the Day Hospital, which would go from the current 21 places to being able to have 50.

Although at the moment the number of workers has not been established, between health and non-health personnel, they will be necessary to attend to the new hospital spaces once the expansion works are completed, the Minister of Health has recognized that it will be necessary to carry out a study of the needs to increase the workforce significantly.

For now, Mínguez has advanced that in the last month, with the stabilisation plan being carried out by the Ministry of Health, a total of 176 workers have been hired in the Department of the Marina Baixa, of which 124 have been added to the Hospital staff and another 52 have joined Primary Care.

Benidorm modifies its budget to be able to pay the VAT of the Cultural Centre

Four million euros. The local government of Benidorm, of the Popular Party, will take to the floor next Monday a proposal to modify the budget of 2022 and deduct an item of 4 million euros to pay the VAT of the Cultural Centre, one of the commitments that the Consistory acquired with the Generalitat when the works were resumed and which will have to be paid in the coming weeks, once the first phase of this project has been written in its name.

With this motion, the local government takes a step further to advance the procedures agreed at the meeting held last week by technicians from the Consistory and the Society Thematic Projects of the Valencian Community to unblock the transfer of the building, whose first phase is completed since last September but which has been in limbo for months due to the lack of agreement between administrations.

Municipal sources have justified that the money to pay the VAT comes now, through a budget modification, because when the municipal accounts of 2022 were drawn up it was unknown how much the cost of the VAT would amount to and if, finally, the building would be ready to deliver throughout this exercise. In this way, they delve into what the mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez, said a few days ago, when he stated that it would not be until the City Council deeds the property in his name, when this amount has to be paid, so that in his opinion, “there is time to deduct the funds.”

In addition to this change, the municipal plenary will also approve next Monday a proposal by Toni Pérez to extend the agreement that the City Council and Generalitat signed in July 2018 and which allowed the resumption of construction of the Cultural Centre to complete this first phase, which includes the two municipal conservatories, an auditorium with 450 seats and a cafeteria to serve both spaces.

As this newspaper once reported, the agreement signed between the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the Mayor of Benidorm provided for a period of 4 years from July 31st, 2018. Therefore, no now agree to this extension, the document would expire at the end of next month, leaving unfinished the repair of the damage of the first phase, as well as the beginning of the second phase, which includes the bulk of the project and still has no dates, deadlines no budget.

The proposal, which will be raised by the mayor, and which has already been presented to the PSOE and Cs spokespersons, proposes extending the agreement for another four years and transferring the decision to the Generalitat, requesting that they “adopt the same resolution” and express their written agreement, as the proposal states, regardless of when such an extension is signed, agreements extending the agreement must be extinction.

The Generalitat Valenciana has invested 12.7 million in the completion of this first phase, after an upward modification on the 10.5 initially planned, to include in the Conservatory “some proposals made by the City Council” and which were accepted by the Consell , as explained in his day by the general director of Thematic Projects, Antonio Rodes.

This amount is in addition to the nearly 24 that had already been invested in the execution of the entire structure of the building, which raises to more than 36 million the money that to date the Generalitat has invested in this work, one of the last pharaonic infrastructures of the PP era.

And, next to all this, there would still be a more or less similar amount to finish the second phase, in which, in addition to finishing covering the three remaining facades, it would also be planned to run the main auditorium, with about 1,100 seats; an exhibition hall; library and underground parking, among others. The budget for all this, still unquantified, could exceed 20 million.

Urbanism presses the neighbourhood opinion on the landscapes of Elche to advance in the Plan del Palmeral

Knowing the landscape quality of the palm orchards, the Vinalopó river, the Calahorra, the Acequia Mayor del Pantano, Santa María, the Bimil lenari bridge, the Altamira Palace or neighbourhoods such as El Raval and Los Palmerales, among other peculiar spaces of Elche. With this claim, the City Council has begun to press the opinion of the neighbourhood to advance in the elaboration of the Special Plan for the Palmeral, an urban planning document required by Unesco, in which the Department of Urban Planning is working against the clock to prevent the processing achieved until now. He has less than a year left.

The public consultation that has just started and that is on the municipal website is necessary to prepare the landscape study, a necessary report, together with the mobility and economic feasibility study, in order to later draw up a preliminary version of the plan that aims to shield the 40,000 square metres of private land. All this work is ahead of the municipal department after it was approved in 2019 by the Territorial Urban Planning Service on the strategic environmental and territorial report of the Palmeral Special Plan. After achieving it, the City Council had four years, and three have already passed, to finish this laborious key urban plan in the city because, among other things, it will limit construction in the Palmeral and traffic in sensitive places such as the Pantano path and will prohibit expand schools in orchards or rebuild them from scratch in case of deterioration.

That is why Urbanism has now activated a public participation process to find out the opinion of 27 spaces in the city, among which it has included various spaces that are a hallmark of the city. The survey will be available until July 15th.

Until then, the people of Elche can rate the landscape quality through five options (very low, low, medium, high and very high) places such as the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), Altabix, La Portalada, Los Palmerales, the Vinalopó river, palm orchards (without specifying which ones) and El Raval. On the other hand, in a second section, the City Council requests an assessment of “landscape resources” of the Acequia Mayor del Pantano, the Bimil lenari bridge, the Generalitat bridge, the Canalejas bridge, the Santa Teresa bridge, and the aqueduct of Riegos de Levante, the Molí Real, the Altamira Palace, the Santa María basilica, the Calahorra tower, the Ressemblanc tower, the Vaillo tower, the town hall, the old town hall of El Raval, the Calendura clock and the Vetla tower, the terminus cross, the San José Franciscan convent, the Gran Teatro-Casino, the flour factory and the old Poor Clares convent.

Once they have obtained the opinions of residents through this generic survey, the municipal technicians will finish preparing the landscape study, one of the “ingredients” that are needed to make a pending issue of the City Council a reality, in the successive political mandates.

The Palmeral Special Plan is highly demanded, above all, by protectionist groups of the World Heritage Site, to have a complementary protection instrument to the Palmeral Law approved last October. It is so demanded, among other things, because with the plan, as proposed by the City Council, the realisation of new constructions for private use in protected orchards will be avoided. In this way, a total of 40,000 square metres will be shielded from brick and will become green areas. Specific protection measures are also established for the physical structure of palm orchards, aimed at protecting their delimitation, the alignments of palm trees, terraces, associated crops, traditional constructions and the irrigation system.

Likewise, the building area is reduced by 20%, in public and private facilities, and plots are reserved for the transfer of obsolete facilities. It reserves land for the creation of new facilities such as the visitor centre and the Palmeral interpretation centre, on lots such as La Hiladora or the Renfe car park.

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