DEMONSTRATION ON 12 DECMEBER TO PROTEST DELAY IN COMPLETING EMERGENCY SERVICES CENTRE
The shell of a partially completed Emergency Services Centre behind Consum supermarket, near the La Zenia Roundabout, has stood for several years now as a symbol of the neglect of the interests of Orihuela Costa by the local government of Orihuela and the regional and provincial governments. The Centre was inaugurated in 2010. Construction started but was soon stopped, allegedly because of the bankruptcy of the contractor. But the contract has not since been re-tendered by the Valencia regional government which will finance the project.
Orihuela Costa has a population at least as big as Orihuela city, and bigger than neighbouring Pilar de la Horadada. A population of registered residents of some 35,000 is more than sufficient to justify a locally-based, police station open 24 hours plus an efficient ambulance and fire brigade service. Orihuela Costa has none of these basic services. What is more, in the summer, the population increases to over 200,000. Plus the fact that for the last two years we have in the middle of Orihuela Costa La Zenia Boulevard Commercial Centre which attracts millions of visitors each year and thousands DAILY.
The need for these basic services is not academic. The local press is reporting several recent cases of delays of 40 minutes in the arrival of ambulances which have contributed to the deaths of local residents. We all need an efficient ambulance service. The fire brigade responsible for Orihuela Costa is located in Torrevieja and also subject to delays since the fire crews are not familiar with the ever growing, sprawling spread of Orihuela Costa. The local police do not have an office open 24 hours because the Playa Flamenca office of the Town Hall closes when the town hall officials finish their day at 3 p.m. The local police are located in the basement of the Playa Flamenca office of the Town Hall and they could easily place a police reception desk at the entry of the Town Hall when the local officials go home for the day. We could have a 24 hour police station immediately. Orihuela Town Hall could also fight with determination for the Valencia government to re-tender and complete the skeleton Emergency Services Centre. But they do not take us seriously.
For this reason C.L.A.R.O. AND OTHER INTERESTED ASSOCIATION will hold a peaceful, authorised PROTEST rally in front of the skeleton of the Emergency Services Centre building on SATURDAY, 12 DECMEBER, AT 11 A.M. to express our ANGER at not having locally-based efficient Police, Fire and Ambulance services. We invite all concerned who feel we should have these services without further delay to participate. Come and join us on your way to the Saturday market or the La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre. If we do not show our OUTRAGE at the inadequate emergency services we receive from the local and regional authorities, we can wait forever and suffer perhaps the deadly consequences.