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C.L.A.R.O. Councillor Bob Houliston presented a Motion in the full Orihuela council meeting (Plenary) on 25 March calling for a campaign to remove the ugly, illegal waste tips which are widespread throughout Orihuela Costa and elsewhere in the municipality.

These tips, which are on public as well as private land, contain everything from builders rubble, discarded furniture, sanitary ware, television sets and,  in Orihuela Costa, garden waste.     It is of course illegal to dump waste and the Town Hall has a clear legal obligation to remove what is dumped.   However, over the years, those who dump have not been caught and the Town Hall has been half-hearted in clearing up the mess.   Once they are allowed to appear, further rubbish is dumped on top.    They grow to an unsightly size and attract vermin.   The result is a whole series of eyesores which are offensive to residents, a danger to the environment and present a negative image to tourists and holidaymakers.

 

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Illegal waste which has been almost permanently dumped in La Florida 

 

Bob Houliston’s motion called for a crash programme to clean up these illegal waste tips before the holiday season starts and measures to prevent dumping in the future, including information campaigns, a recycling centre (ecoparque) away from housing and  applying the fines provided for in the local by-laws.     The motion was presented in a moderate manner not criticising and putting the blame on the current government since the problem goes back many years.

In the course of the debate both the government and the opposition Popular Party expressed their support.   The only party which opposed was Pedro Mancebo’s Centro Liberal Renovador Party (CLR).   They adopted their usual negative and critical  attitude, rejecting the proposal simply because it was put forward by C.L.A.R.O.    

The motion was overwhelmingly approved and it is now up to the government to try and follow up their support by taking measures to clean up these unwelcome, unhealthy eyesores.

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On Thursday 26 March at 1 p.m. the press and media are invited to the inauguration of the CLARO ORIHUELA headquarters in Orihuela.   You are cordially invited to this public relations event.  The more who attend the better.

Shared transport will be organised at 11.45 a.m. in front of the Asturias Restaurant, departing at 12 noon,  so that those who doe not know the address will have no difficulty in finding it.   For anyone wishing to go independently, the address is:   Calle Obispo Rocamora 4, 1st floor, left.   It is just above a bar "Chiquita".   Calle Obispo Rocamora is very central, near the riverside parking, close to the Casino.

Hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday.

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On 17 March, C.L.A.R.O. President Bob Houliston and members of the C.L.A.R.O. Executive Committee presented to the press "C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA", a group of supporters of the C.L.A.R.O. political party from Orihuela city and neighbouring villages (pedanías).
This group, comprising people of different professions and experiences, has come to believe that C.L.A.R.O. has a future, not only in Orihuela Costa but in Orihuela city and neighbouring villages. The political situation in Orihuela has become increasingly confused with division in the Popular Party and fragmentation among parties of the left. Pedro Mancebo has announced that he is standing down from front line politics and his party, Centro Liberal Renovador (CLR), has not clearly stated that they will contest the local elections in May. New parties are emerging which will further confuse the situation.
In this context, C.L.A.R.O's image and reputation as a non-ideological party from neither the left nor the right, formed by those living in Orihuela Costa to correct deficiencies in the political management of the coast and based on principles of honesty and efficient government, has attracted increasing support in Orihuela and surrounding villages. After several months of contact and participation in C.L.A.R.O. open meetings on the coast, an impressive number of influential people publicly announced in the press conference their support for C.L.A.R.O. and their commitment to campaign for C.L.A.R.O. in the elections on 24 May.
C.L.A.R.O ORIHUELA has opened a headquarters office in one of Orihuela's most important and central streets. It has weekly, open meetings like C.L.A.R.O. on the coast. The group has organised its work in sections covering the economy, social affairs and relations with surrounding villages and outlying districts of Orihuela city.
Bob Houliston welcomed this new important step in the development of C.L.A.R.O. He said he was convinced that with C.L.A.R.O. Orihuela and C.L.A.R.O. on the coast the party could elect a sufficient number of councillors to ensure that the next government of Orihuela , which will inevitably be another coalition, should be honest and efficient and would run the municipality on a de-centralised basis, close to the people. A decentralised form of government is the only way in which a municipality with such a diverse population and so geographically dispersed could be governed fairly.
The Orihuela-based Spanish press gave good and fair coverage to the presentation of C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA believing that C.L.A.R.O. could gain support from the traditionally strong, moderate centre in Orihuela politics and could hold the key to the formation of the next government after the 24 May elections. They commented that among C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA members they recognised the presence of a cousin of former Popular Party Mayoress, Monica Lorente and a cousin of the former Socialist Party leader, Antonia Moreno. This gives an indication of the broad, potential support which C.L.A.R.O. can hope to attract in Orihuela.

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Det er ikke bare vanskeligheter for ikke spanske EU fastboende å registrere seg for å stemme i lokalvalget og det Europeiske Parlamentsvalget. De som lar seg registrere og stiller opp for å stemme på valgdagen, kan dessuten oppleve kø, slik vi så i 2011 midt på dagen, og kan komme til å vente opp til en time i solen midt på dagen.

For å forebygge en gjentakelse av denne situasjonen, C.L.A.R.O.s Bob Houliston, kommunestyremedlem, presenterte et forslag i et fulltallig Kommunestyre møte i slutten av februar. Hensikten med forslaget var å øke antallet av valglokaler og forbedre deres geografiske spredning. Hans erklæring fastslo at i løpet av de siste 8 årene hadde kvalifiserte velgere til lokalvalget i Orihuela Costa blitt fordoblet – opp fra litt over 4.000 til over 8.000 i 2015. Imidlertid antall valglokaler har ikke økt fra de vanlige tre – Playa Flamenca Rådhus, det nærliggende Civic senter og Calle Cipres i Lomas de Cabo Roig, som for mange ligger langt unna. Dessuten, på grunn av den utstrakte karakter av Orihuela Costa, må noen velgere dra flere kilometer for å kunne stemme. Det gjennomsnittlige antall velgere i hver av Orihuela Costas tre valglokaler i forrige års Europeiske valg var over 2.300, mer enn 2.000 som er bestemt i loven. I Orihuela By og omliggende tettsteder varierer gjennomsnittstallet for velgere pr valglokale mellom 850 og 1.200. Løsningen som ble fremsatt i forslaget var å få tilsvarende valglokaler bedre fordelt i Orihuela Costa.

I debatten om forslaget var det åpenbart at andre partier ikke ville stemme mot et slikt fornuftig og demokratisk forslag og forslaget ble enstemmig vedtatt. Imidlertid var det flere klager på prosedyre og ansvar for å gjøre arrangementene til valgdagen. Et forbløffende faktum som dukket opp under debatten, var at det lovlige maksimum antall på 2000 velgere pr valglokale kun gjelder antallet spanske velgere. Antallet av ikke spanske EU velgere teller ikke. Dette er en utrolig innrømmelse. På Orihuela Costa er det flere EU registrerte velgere enn spanske velgere. Artikkel 19.1 i EU Traktaten fastsetter rettighetene til fastboende EU borgere i en annen medlems stat til å velge og til å stå som kandidater i kommunevalg "under samme vilkår som statsborgere av den staten." Det er nesten sikkert en overtredelse av EU lov at det lovlige maksimum antall av velgere pr valglokale kun gjelder spanske statsborgere. Det er også ulogisk. Spanske velgere så vel som EU velgere må stå i samme kø for å velge og vil lide de samme konsekvenser av denne urettferdige bestemmelse av spansk lov. C.L.A.R.O. vil bestemt vurdere å klage saken til EU parlamentet.

Realiteten i at Forslaget ble vedtatt enstemmig overbeviste ikke C.L.A.R.O. at noen endring ville skje. Dette spesielt fordi det ble klart under debatten at arrangementene for 24. mai allerede var avgjort i slutten av 2014, og at det ville bli de samme tradisjonelle tre valglokalene i Orihuela Costa. Derfor besøkte kommunestyremedlem, Bob Houliston, lederen for Alicante Valg Registrerings Kontor for å kontrollere situasjonen. Det ble bekreftet at beregningen av maksimum 2000 velgere pr valglokale kun gjaldt for spanske velgere. Det ble også bekreftet enighet med Orihuela Rådhus at arrangementet vedrørende antall valglokaler og antall stemmebord ble gjort i desember. Imidlertid ble Bob Houliston fortalt at dersom det var for vanskelig og for sent til å øke antallet av valg lokaler, ville det likevel være mulig å øke antallet av valg bord i valglokalet, noe som vil medvirke til å øke tempoet i valg prosedyren og redusere og muligens hindre nødvendigheten av å stå i kø for å få stemme. Imidlertid gjenstod bare 3-4 dager med mulighet til å vurdere et nytt Forslag fra Orihuela Rådhus. Dagen etter Bob Houlistons samtale i Alicante, Valg Registrerings Kontoret, Orihuela Rådhus endret forslaget fra desember og tilføyet 3 nye valg bord i valglokalene, hvor antallet velgere til å stemme er høyest: Playa Flamenca Rådhus og Calle Cipress i Lomas de Cabo Roig.

Dette er en liten, men betydningsfull seier og alt det er mulig for det forestående lokal valget. Kommunalråden for kysten, Martina Scheurer, vil offentliggjøre de endelig detaljerte arrangement nærmere datoen for valget. Registrerte velgere vil også bli informert i tide gjennom posten med hensyn til hvilket valg lokale og hvilket valg bord de skal gå til den 24. mai.

C.L.A.R.O. håper at med disse forbedrede endringer vil velgerne bli beroliget om at de ikke skal møte kø og nødvendigheten av å stå i solen på valgdagen. Vi trenger en så stor deltakelse som mulig på 24. mai og en stemme for dem som vil forsvare våre interesser. En sterkere stemme for Orihuela Costa i det nye Rådhuset og i den neste regjering i Orihuela er den eneste veg å gjennomføre de mange forbedringer vi trenger.

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The burning waste tip on the border of Orihuela Costa and Pilar, which has been spewing out toxic fumes for the last several years, was back in the news again this week.
A team from the National Channel 1 TV was in the area investigating illegal waste tips and thanks to cooperation between C.L.A.R.O. and the action group against illegal waste tips, VERTIVEGA, after filming in La Murada, next to Orihuela city, they came to report on the burning waste tip on the border of Orihuela Costa and Pilar. This illegal waste tip pre-dates the La Murada tip and for many years was used to dump waste of all sorts from all over the area. It is a big financial advantage for those in charge of waste disposal to simply dump whatever they collect wherever they can rather than paying to have it disposed of and treated legally. For perhaps 20 years that was what they were doing on the Orihuela Costa-Pilar border. Years after they stopped dumping, the process of natural internal combustion resulted in the mountain of rubbish beginning to smoulder and flame and spew toxic gases into the atmosphere.
The national TV team were impressed by what they saw and filmed. The mountain of waste, perhaps 20 metres high and covering an area of some 50,000 square metres, the equivalent of 30 football pitches, contains waste of all sorts. Visible are remnants of tyres, plastic and metal and below the surface is decomposed and smouldering domestic waste. It is speculated that dangerous medical waste could also be buried in the depths of the mountain. The publicity which should come at national level from this visit could be most useful in getting the authorities to accept responsibility and decide to do something about this danger to the environment and public health.
The visit coincided with the arrival of a reply to the denuncia elaborated by Las Ramblas Urbanizacion President , Bob Hammond with the help of C.L.AR.O. Although it has taken since July last year and a reminder, the Guardia Civil environmental branch, SEPRONA, has formally reolied that the complaint made was investigated by them and their report was submitted to the criminal court in Orihuela which has accepted to investigate the complaint. Furthermore, SEPRONA, after confirming the facts detailed in the denuncia, have submitted a report to the Environmental Prosecutor in Alicante. Both their action in informing the criminal court in Orihuela and the Environment Prosecutor in Alicante have been reported to the regional government in Valencia.
The reply to the denuncia is formal and authoritative. The complaint is now not only in the hands of the criminal court in Orihuela but also in the hands of the Environmental Prosecutor. There can be every confidence that these proceedings will, with time, lead to a solution to the problem. The political authorities alone have not been willing to accept responsiblity for what will be a costly process to remove or make safe the waste tip. But with the court and prosecutor service seized of the matter, there is good reason to hope that a solution will be imposed on them by the courts.

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