Socialist (PSOE) Councillor María García visited Orihuela Costa this week to check on the improvements announced by Ciudadanos Councillor Luisa Boné. She said that although the area is evidently better than it was after the storms in December, it is still "a long way from being up to scratch for residents and tourists".
"There is still a lot of work to do," assured the Socialist. "In Campoamor not even one of the foot taps is working and the handrails onto the beach wobble because they are not properly fixed down. At La Zenia there are still broken handrails and foot taps. Aguamarina is closed with a sign warning about the danger of rockfalls and it is full of rocks and seaweed. In Cabo Roig seaweed is still piling up in a corner and smells very strongly."
She went on to say that "the urbanisations also need work as plant cuttings and rubbish keep piling up. The bus stops are either old or notable for their absence. Cabo Roig promenade is closed for repair works which still have not got past Cala Capitán. To sum up Orihuela Costa needs a lot more than a spring clean to be ready for tourists at Easter, it needs to be a dignified place to live".
She claimed investment and a comprehensive plan are needed to gradually resolve its deficiencies. "They have to stop just repairing things and start to build quality and lasting services."
The councillor said that increasing the number of cleaning and maintenance workers should not be done occasionally but all the time. "Residents need to keep demanding improvements to the pavements, the roads, the cleaning and other services. The lack of communication between the council and residents is palpable. Apart from a few associations there is enormous disaffection between citizens of the coast and the Town Hall and this isn't good for anyone."
Finally she promised that her party will keep making proposals at council meetings "to increase investments and improve Orihuela Costa so that there are no differences between the people of Orihuela in the city and those on the coast".