NO YOUTH CLUB IN ORIHUELA COSTA
The failure of the government to establish a centre for young people (16- 30 years) living on the coast and to promote activities for them, such as training for employment, was the reason Bob Houliston voted against a proposal of the government to set up a Forum for youth groups to discuss Town Hall supported activities. Bob Houliston argued that such a forum was not a priority and would freeze a situation of inequality and discrimination against the youth of Orihuela Costa. He protested that it was a scandal that the Socialist Councillor for Youth had spent nearly €200,000 since October, 2012 on concerts and extravagances in Orihuela city and had not devoted a penny in correcting the total absence of facilities for young people in Orihuela Costa. Orihuela city and a number of the surrounding villages (pedanias) have youth centres whereas the young in Orihuela Costa are sometime forced to hang out in empty commercial property. For the amount she had spent on unnecessary extravagances, the Councillor for Youth could have built and equipped a youth centre on the coast where there are some 500 young people living, a number which will increase regularly in the future as children graduate from the Orihuela Costa secondary school. With the votes of the Popular Party and C.L.A.R.O. the proposed Youth Forum was rejected. Pedro Mancebo and his CLR party colleague voted for the proposal.