Francisco Saorín, Councilman Works and Services, responded in the regular October plenary session held Tuesday to questions from the Popular Party in relation to the felling of palm trees in the municipality, explaining all the measures taken and reiterating that "in no case no abandonment or dereliction in the care of the palm groves. "
Regarding the incident that asked the popular local group associated with a palm occurred during placement of underground containers, Saorín explained that the placement of underground containers "is a complex activity, and sometimes it is impossible to avoid these situations, especially when produce inaccuracies in the map provided by operators, which not only result in dangerous situations but necessary to modify the initial planning of the containers. in this case we found a medium voltage line that was not included in the plans of the electrical operator and it had to set back the initial location once the excavation started, which resulted in the aforementioned incident. "
Moreover, the council Works and Services stated in his plenary speech that "this council does not do things lightly, but we are guided by technical criteria and asserting always the general interest. In this case the director of the Department Environment, Public Health and Urban Quality oversaw the action and took appropriate decisions, claiming that it is not foreseeable that may involve loss palm exemplary ".
Regarding the palm grove school Antonio Buitrago, said that "the reason for the clearing of those four copies has been the condition for red palm weevil, because indeed this was one of the first outbreaks location of this pest in the city, carrying out the treatments prescribed by the Ministry of Agriculture, with jurisdiction in the matter, which does not have the desired effect, having to proceed to logging for security reasons, since the risk, based on visual analysis by the operators and managers of the company Aguas de Cieza, and advised the events history undoubtedly proceed to court, especially in a public school where the risk of falling is a danger to the hundreds of students who come to the center daily. "
In relation to processing operations carried out against the red palm weevil said the council that "in 2015 were carried out three chemical treatments, and various monitoring of pheromone traps for monitoring the evolutionary cycle. In 2016 has continued with monitoring traps, and before the end of the year will proceed to a new chemical treatment, which calls into question the effectiveness of treatments from the Ministry advised, but which has not done anything about it. "
Ended his speech in the round of questions and questions referring to that "we must remember that it was under the rule of the Popular Party when there was a massive and uncontrolled felling of pines in the Giménez Castellanos Avenue, which showed no infection or any disease, desoyendo this political protest actions raised from various groups, while cutting down palm has been motivated by infection and presented according to criteria of public safety ".
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza