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Piedad Abellán: "The water tromba has shown that misfortune and risk are raging in Cieza with the poorest" (25/09/2019)

The heavy rains that fell in Cieza a few days ago have made even more obvious a terrible and harsh reality that was already known and that has been denounced many times: the subhuman conditions in which the residents of the most depressed and forgotten area of ​​Cieza live, the Cabezo de la Fuensantilla.

The avalanche of water forced to evict many dwelling families from this Cabezo from their homes, who were evacuated to the municipal shelter due to the high risk of demolition in buildings that do not meet in many cases the minimum conditions of stability and security and which are located on a clay soil and with steep slopes.

The thrombus of water on September 12 revealed, with a stark hardness and impossible to ignore, the great collective shame of the state of the Cabezo de la Fuensantilla.

Faced with such grave and unfortunate events, Podemos-Cieza, in the words of its general secretary Piedad Abellán, wanted to remember not only the old claims of the dozens of families that inhabit the Cabezo, recently renovated at the municipal plenary, but also the many unfulfilled promises of local rulers.

In this sense, Piedad recalled how "as early as 2010 the Plenary of the City Council adopted the agreement, at the proposal of the United Left, to act preferentially against the unstoppable degradation of this peripheral neighborhood of Cieza."

An agreement that, as this leader of Podemos points out, then had the unanimity of the Plenary, "something very important because it was not the commitment of a party but of the City Council as an institution, a decision that should link not only to the rulers of that time but also to later corporations. "

In fact, the local government at that time came to adopt some initial measures, such as the investigation in the Land Registry of the ownership of the neighborhood's properties, "but this activity was one day and soon everything was forgotten, without that in several years the intention to fulfill the 2010 commitments be renewed ".

However, it should also be regretted that "during the four years of tripartite government in Cieza nothing has been done and that the city planning department has not agreed at any time of the existence of the 2010 plenary agreement and has not been resumed, not even initially the urban development actions in the Cabezo ".

Although there have been specific reparation interventions, which have been positive, "an integral action is required that is very complex but that if it is not started it will never reach its objective".

In Podemos-Cieza they are aware, "as it was already clear in the proposal defended by José Eduardo Illueca and approved by the Plenary at the time, that a remodeling plan for the Cabezo de la Fuensantilla is not enough; the characteristics of the land and the depth of degradation rather requires reconstruction. "

Something that would only be possible with a planned intervention in the medium term and financed, with the participation of the Autonomous Community.

The problems are many, "among others the difficult determination of ownership in a neighborhood where occupation predominates, unhealthiness, the difficulty of relief and the low attractiveness for private investment."

But it is a matter of dignity, "Cieza can not consent to enter into the XXI century situations more typical of the nineteenth century, or that the misfortune and risk to the safety of people continue to be taught in the poorest."

Source: Podemos Cieza

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