Pedro Sosa Martínez, Spokesman of the Municipal Group of Izquierda Unida-Verdes in the City of Lorca, has summoned this morning to the local media in the most degraded areas of the old neighborhood of San Cristóbal, guiding the journalists on a small morning walk by the cabezos and the urban plot that turns to the "rabalera" Mecca street;
an excursion dotted with lots and abandoned buildings full of garbage that give off an unbearable smell.
Sosa affirms that this situation has been due to the combination of "lack of civic spirit" of some neighbors, who are also perfectly located, and the traditional inaction of the municipal government teams, whose members, throughout many corporations of all the colors, have never touched these unsafe, unhealthy and degraded areas of the old neighborhood of San Cristóbal.
The focus of unhealthiness is caused by a few people who, in addition to deeply degrading their immediate environment and that of their neighbors, throwing garbage in the interior and around abandoned houses, then go without problem to take advantage of the solidarity of the people of Lorca being habitual preceptors of public aids through the social services of the City council that, as it is seen, has failed resoundingly in the social normalization of these subjects.
To this is added that certain owners of homes in very poor condition or directly in a state of ruin -among them are many financial institutions that evicted their previous owners and then leave the houses- have allowed their properties to become real rubbish dumps, breaking the municipal ordinances and health and land legislation.
The sufferers are the rest of neighbors of all the life, many of them already aged, and that they do not have any exit, neither the sufficient resources to leave an area that has been degraded in the last twenty years and to look for a habitacional solution in another place of Lorca.
The mayor of IU affirms that the legislation is clear about it.
If those who are called to fulfill their urbanistic duties do not do so, the City Council must act subsidiarily and then demand the payment of the expenses incurred, but Pedro Sosa also criticizes that many works have been carried out in these neighborhoods without to have taken advantage of that opportunity to demolish old buildings, hollow inside, that have become hiding places for garbage and debris.
Sosa expects the new local government to respond by cleaning the area, applying the sanctions contemplated in the ordinances to which garbage is thrown, implementing policies from the social services that link the aids to the civic responsibility of the recipients, and forcing the owners, on all and mainly to the banks, to comply with their obligations to maintain the properties that seized some neighbors in conditions of safety, health and public decoration, which is ultimately what the Law requires.
Source: IU-verdes Lorca