The team of 10 people employed by the Town Hall in January to clean up the ravines around Orihuela has removed 300 tonnes of rubble and rubbish. Councillor for development Manuel Gallud revealed the figure after they had finished work in the Rambla del Raiguero de Bonanza and the Barranco del Oriolet, the Barranco de San Isidro, the Rambla by San José Obrero, the roadsof the Puente Alto Industrial Estate, the road around the cemetery, the one alongside the river diversion pipe, the Rambla de La Aparecida, the Rambla de La Matanza and an area by the Camino de Enmedio.
Gallud explained that this work has eliminated the danger caused by ravines full of rubbish if there is heavy rain. The Green party councillor reminded that maintenance of many of the areas that have been cleaned is the responsibility of the government’s River Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS), which gave its permission for Town Hall contracted personnel to carry out this environmental work.
However, he explained that a new law will make a deal like this much more difficult in the future.
The team was made up of eight labourers and two foremen, who were contracted thanks to a social utility scheme with SERVEF, the Valencian Employment Service, which required the Town Hall to invest €40,000 to pay part of the social security contributions and salaries of each worker.