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The PSOE asks to correct the multiple deficiencies of the works in Los Angeles and Apolonia, and denounces the disappearance and abandonment of the green areas (13/04/2018)

The PSOE claims that during the guarantee period, the multiple deficiencies in the works of Apolonia and Los Angeles are corrected, and they ask for an external audit of the works, although they assure that the people directly responsible for this "monumental fudge" are the regional administration, and especially the government team of the PP and its Mayor in Lorca, before the total lack of control in the management of the same

The councilor of the PSOE, David Romera, has again demanded the Popular Party to correct the "multiple deficiencies" presented by the urban regeneration works carried out in the slums of Los Angeles and Apolonia with charge to the funds of the loan granted by the Bank European Investment for the reconstruction of Lorca after the earthquakes of 2011.

Romera has not hesitated to describe these works as a "real fudge" that will suffer the nearly 5,000 residents living in this district lorquino, the result of "poor planning, poor execution and total lack of control by the team of Government of the PP so that the works were undertaken based on the foreseen in the project and taking care of the demands of the neighbors ".

"This continues the council - is a case more clamorous, together with the rest of neighborhoods where it has acted, in which neighborhood participation has shone by his total absence, because the neighbors have not been heard or taken into consideration your suggestions and claims. "

These works constituted "a unique and historic opportunity", Romera indicates, so that the renovation and integral modernization of the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Apolonia could proceed;

opportunity that "has not been exploited", and even in some aspects "the neighbors have been harmed by the loss of green areas and the abandonment of existing ones".

The works executed in Los Angeles and Apolonia could be described as 'low cost' or low cost works, taking into account that in the awarding process, the project suffered a 34% decrease as the tender budget was 5.9 million euros and it was awarded for 3.8 million.

The deficiencies that can be found in the execution of the works are multiple: badly leveled streets, which will mean the diversion of rainwater to the portals of the houses, or poor paving, when applying an asphalt with a lot of grain, of poor quality and without finishing.

Neither has the entrance to many garages been resolved, steps have not been eliminated (or have been created) on the sidewalks, and some of these, as in Fuente del Oro street, are misaligned.

In addition, streets, such as Jerónimo Quijano, Rosenda la Capitana and Ginés de Teruel have been inexplicably left out of execution.

In addition, according to David Romera, has not been resolved the entrance to the park of the trawl waters from the mountains, being flooded every time it rains.

The sidewalks are not well waterproofed (insulating paint has hardly been given), which will create dampness in the buildings;

the scuppers that have been installed barely cover half the width of the streets, which will not prevent the dragging towards the lower areas;

many light points are at low height and / or have been placed on the windows of the dormitories of many houses, so that the neighbors have difficulty sleeping.

The park of Los Angeles has not completely fenced, which appears with a desolate and neglected aspect, like the one existing behind the Campus.

In the case of the playground, Transformador Street has been left in a solarium, with no water fountain for children, insufficient lighting and no shadow areas;

In many streets, the level of the asphalt is greater than that of the sidewalks.

Neither has the vertical signage been renewed as in the rest of the neighborhoods;

the access to housing whose entrance was high has not been solved well;

trash bins and pedestrian crossings are missing;

as well as the neighbors complain about the low intensity of the new installed public lighting, especially in the avenues of the Armed Forces and Los Angeles, especially at late hours, which creates citizen insecurity.

Nor have the manholes of the sanitation network for each building been installed, with a paving stone of another color placed in its place, so that in case of problems or jamming, the technicians of Aguas de Lorca have to break the pavements, " something that is as surreal as jocular. "

In short, the aspect that these neighborhoods offer today is that of "works that already seem old, unfinished, unfinished".

Romera continues indicating that "some of the actions contemplated in the approved regeneration project have not been carried out" such as the creation of 12 semi-pedestrian streets (all cross-streets), the creation of a pedestrian walkway between Juan Ramón Jiménez and Paseo de Los Ángeles streets, the panoramic viewpoint next to the Los Angeles park, or the direct access to the Casa del Capitán from the University Campus.

Likewise, the green corridors have not been created with the planting of trees and landscaping in streets with sufficient width as in the Paseo de Los Angeles or in the streets Fuente del Oro, Transformer, Lope de Vega and Avenida de Los Ángeles, where the leafy trees It has been eliminated almost in its entirety.

To the eradication of these new green areas contemplated, which would have increased the quality of life of the residents of these neighborhoods, is joined the suppression of a green area in the high part next to the Paseo de Los Angeles, which had trees, parterres and gazebo , now converted into a paved square;

and the "shameful abandonment to which this City Council has subjected the already existing wooded and landscaped areas" such as the parks of Los Angeles, the one behind the University Campus or that of Juan Ramón Jiménez Street.

At this time, the works have been completed but there has been no official opening of them, while the two companies that executed the works, have dismantled their offices in the neighborhood.

Finally, Romera recalled that his municipal group requested in the extraordinary plenary session dedicated to Works, the creation of a Joint Monitoring Commission (City Council-Autonomous Community) for each regeneration project, which was rejected by the absolute majority of the PP, for what claims to the municipal government team that: on the one hand, in the guarantee period of one year that remains for the works to be received definitively by the Autonomous Community, "the multiple deficiencies presented by the urban regeneration works are corrected carried out in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Apolonia, with the direct participation of neighbors, and on the other hand, an external audit of the works, although it is clear that there is a direct responsibility that is the regional administration, and especially the local one, before the total lack of control in the management of the same ones and that they have derived in a monumental botchedness ".

Source: PSOE Lorca

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