C.L.A.R.O. is an independent political party formed by residents of Orihuela Costa, both Spanish and non-Spanish from European Union countries with the right to vote in local elections. We are the only political party based in Orihuela Costa with an Orihuela Costa focus in our policies. We have been fighting to defend the interests of Orihuela Costa since C.L.A.R.O. was formed in 2006 and in 2011 C.L.A.R.O. President Bob Houliston was elected to the Orihuela council. We are fed up with the neglect of our area and the shameful lack of services, infrastructure and parks and gardens. We are non-ideological, neither of the left nor the right. We are united by the desire to improve our quality of life and to make Orihuela Costa a CLEANER, GEEENER, MORE INTEGRATED AND FRIENDLY place to live. Our experience has demonstrated that we will not succeed without strong political representation in the Orihuela Council. The population of Orihuela Costa now exceeds 35,000, greater than the population of Orihuela city. We need to elect the maximum number of councillors to the Orihuela Council to make our voice heard and to secure the improvements which we should have and for which we pay with our rates and taxes.
PRESS RELEASE 19 November, 2016
C.L.A.R.O. HOLDS 11th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING C.L.A.R.O. held its 11th Annual General Meeting in the Asturias Restaurant on 18 November against the background of uncertainties resulting from the Brexit referendum. A hard Brexit which endangered access to free public health care and pension levels would have severe consequences for British citizens individually and since British residents in Orihuela Costa account for nearly 50% of the resident population, if large numbers were to leave Spain and return to the UK, the consequences for the local economy would be very serious. Although, according to the government's declared timetable, British withdrawal from the European Union would not take place before the summer of 2017, and existing rights would not be affected until then, the Annual General Meeting, in…
C.L.A.R.O. MAKES WIDE RANGING PROPOSALS FOR THE ORIHUELA 2017 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
A public hearing took place in the Playa Flamenca office of the Town Hall on 2 September. It was attended by the Mayor of Orihuela, the Budget Councillor and several other councillors including the Councillor for the Coordination of the Coast. The hearing offered the opportunity for coastal residents to make proposals for next year's municipal budget. There was a good attendance and participation from political parties, the Federation of Associations of Orihuela Costa and a number of individual residents. On behalf of C.L.A.R.O., Bob Houliston presented a 10 page document to the Mayor and members of the government. It covered a wide range of subjects and contained 18 specific proposals.By way of introduction, Bob Houliston said C.L.A.R.O. welcomed this opportunity for residents of…
DON’T RISK LOSING IT ALL – VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM ON UK MEMBERSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Orihuela Costa’s political party C.L.A.R.O. was founded 10 years ago on the principle that exercising the right to vote was a legitimate, democratic and essential way to defend our interests in relation to the local government of Orihuela. We think the same principle applies in relation to the 23 June referendum on the United Kingdom’s continuing membership of the European Union. The recent headline in an influential local newspaper “YOU COULD LOSE IT ALL” was directly addressed to the interests of British nationals living in Spain. It was the title of an article describing a UK government report on the consequences of a British decision to leave the EU. The report pointed out that the right to live and work in Spain, access to pensions,…