Controversy in the plenary session of the Diputación de Cuenca when a motion was approved in support of the provincial institutions
The plenary session of the Diputación de Cuenca has approved a motion in defense of the provincial institutions. With the votes of the ‘popular’ deputies and the abstention of the Socialists, the session has moved forward the motion, presented by the Popular Group, which supports the permanence of the councils as instruments to ensure territorial balance and homogeneous development of all the municipalities of the province.
The spokesman of the Popular Group, Carlos Algaba, has defended the paper of the delegations against the proposal of the candidate of the PSOE to the general elections, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, to suppress them. Ensures that they guarantee basic services to the citizens of the smallest municipalities, as well as advice to the municipalities with the most needs.
“Without the support of this institution, the smaller municipalities would be doomed not to have services since from this house, they carry out advisory tasks and ensure the provision of basic services,” he has defended.
In this sense, the spokeswoman of the opposition, Carmen Torralba, has criticized that the “popular” have rejected the five motions that the socialists have presented; considers that with its position, the government team has impeded the development and territorial balance that they defend. Thus, Torralba has assured that the Diputación de Cuenca has denied today to many towns of the province investments in cultural, tourist and infrastructure.
“You have to have ‘morro’ and ‘hard face’ to give a speech about the small towns or that the president says that what he likes or longs for is seeing the towns full, because that way you will see them empty, without culture and without progress because you are denying them here today, in this plenary session, “said Torralba.
The motions urged the government team to negotiate with the Community Board the maintenance of the Bibliobus service, which was abolished in some municipalities and about to end the contract in others and to request the regional government to develop and extend the Hydraulic Works Agreement. In addition, the Socialists’ motions also called on the Provincial Government, on the one hand, to urge the Board to financially support the development of several tourist investments in Belmonte and, on the other, to sponsor the commemorative Days of the Bicentennial of the death of Francisco Sánchez Fernández , ‘Uncle Camuñas’.
Questions to the president
On the other hand, the Socialists have also transferred to the president of the institution, Benjamín Prieto, several questions about the future of the deratization and disinfection service in municipal buildings, the fate of the extinguished program On Wheels or the possible aid to municipalities with serious economic difficulties as Horcajo de Santiago, which maintains large debts with its main suppliers.
The president has indicated that they will try to maintain all the services that the institution offered up to now, although its provision will depend on the economic possibilities. He has defended that the priority now is to study the accounts of the institution and has assured that the forecasts of the technicians are not very promising.
However, Prieto has indicated that they will try to help the municipalities that are facing serious economic problems and has guaranteed that they will provide technical assistance to the approximately 90 municipalities that, for not having presented their accounts to the Ministry of Economy, may not receive the amount corresponding to the participation in state taxes; This is the case, for example, of the second population of the province, Tarancón.
In any case, Prieto has indicated that the deratization service could begin to be provided “at the latest with the start of next year”. About the program ‘On Wheels’ has ensured that the budget of 167,000 euros, has been allocated to the Board of Professional and Urban Studies. About the Bibliobús has indicated that “is in the process of solution.”
The Socialists have also urged the president of the council to meet with mayors who request an audience, as is the case of Villalba del Rey who has been canceled the appointment up to five times.
This was the first plenary session of the legislature, after the organic session last July; The session also approved several extensions in the terms of the Works and Services and Minor Works Plans and in the programs for the maintenance of local public services included in the Special Plan for Sustainability and Quality of municipal services.
Today’s plenary session also gave an account of Rogelio Pardo’s resignation to his deputy seat after being appointed as the Delegate of the Board in Cuenca. Apart from the absence of Pardo, in the socialist group have not attended the full two deputies of La Mancha: Manuela Galiano and Mari Carmen García Patiño.