The contributions of CIPAL in the town council

THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CIPAL IN THE TOWN COUNCIL

In CIPAL we seek to work from the standpoint of a constructive and positive opposition group which makes a valuable contribution, always in favour of the general public and highlighting the value of the cultural, heritage and landscape treasures of our municipality. In order to achieve this, our principal tool is that of the opportunity to present motions and amendments which will call upon the governing body to take our requests into account.

 

AS A CONSTRUCTIVE OPPOSITION

  • Motion of Opposition to the urban development of the Anibits-Margequivir sector. Calling upon Callosa and the relevant departments involved to desist definitively from building on the Sierra Bernia
  • Motion of opposition to and rejection of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) due to its attacks on civil rights, basic public services and the environment.
  • Motion to create and finance a second dog park, given the success of the first one.
  • Motion to implement the uninterrupted day in the MiniMon Infants’ School.
  • Motion to extend the period allowed to catering establishments for the adaptation of their enclosures.
  • Amendment to the proposal for modification of the regulations governing the occupation of public thoroughfares with reference to the existing enclosures of catering establishments
  • Motion regarding the increase of value in the prizes for the Craft Fair and the control of exhibits and registration
  • Motion regarding Radio Altea with reference to the design of a radio programme to provide the public with helpful information on a variety of subjects to their benefit
  • Motion to promote the use of renewable energy sources in public establishments in the municipality
  • Motion for the constitution of a commission with representatives of all parties to study the economic future of Altea following the verdict to reimburse the charges for the attempted construction in the riverbed.
  • Motion to establish a charge applicable to transport companies and to electricity and gas providers. This would generate income for the municipality as is the custom in other places.
  • Proposal that Radio Altea create an information programme concerning the services offered by the town hall, necessary paperwork, topics of interest such as that of gender violence, responsible pet ownership and so on.
  • Moción sobre los cerramientos de los locales del paseo referente a la realización de un estudio integral de la estética que incluya la propuesta de soluciones técnicas para la imagen del frente litoral incluyendo, entre otros, los sombrajes, acabados y mobiliario urbano.
  • Motion regarding the enclosures of commercial premises on the seafront with reference to an overall study of aesthetics. This to include a proposal of solutions for the improvement of the image of the coastline, including but not limited to, shade structures, decorative details and urban furniture.
  • Motion regarding the preparation of norms governing the objective criteria for the concession or rejection of grants and subsidies to Altea associations and the amount to be assigned.
  • Amendment to the exemptions and discounts applicable to the granting of environmental licences to entrepreneurs lacking adequate financial means and to sustainable businesses.
  • Motion regarding the installation of lifts in those buildings lacking them. This would allow greater use of spaces available to the public where lifts are indispensable.
  • Motion regarding the problem of water supply in Altea and Altea la Vella. Attempt to find agreement among all political parties.
  • Motion regarding financial assistance to individual company owners whose activities fall within the sphere of cultural and artistic endeavours.

 

OUR RECORD AS A GOVERNING BODY IN THE DEPARTMENTS WE LED

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

  • Creation of the department of Citizen Participation and the Citizens’ Forum
  • Creation of participatory budgets.
  • Approval of rules of procedure for volunteer programmes.
  • First study of citizens’ proposals for local development.
  • Creation of advisory boards on planning, agriculture and health.
  • Promotion of associations and assistance in their formation.
  • Seminar of direct participation on topics of general interest.
  • Municipal web site service for car sharing. www.compartircoche.org
  • EcoAltea fair: over 130 free activities for the general public with the intention of highlighting the possibility of a more sustainable world and of humanity with a vision of respect and peace.
  • Implementation of a Time Bank.
  • Creation of “El Rincón del Ciudadano” – Citizens’ Corner – information panels to facilitate communication and publicity exclusively for citizens.
  • Creation of a Citizens’ Mailbox on the Town Hall website.

AGRICULTURE

  • Creation of the Department of Agriculture.
  • Creation of an agriculture advisory board.
  • Grants for organic agriculture.
  • Free organic urban allotments: more than 250 established on previously abandoned lots in the areas surrounding the town.
  • Organic school allotments established in the 8 schools in Altea.
  • Indigenous seed banks: more than 60 established.
  • Promotion of local and other organic produce by means of free stands in the municipal street market.
  • FP Grado Medio (Technical Education) module on organic agricultural production (the 2nd in the province).
  • Multiple training courses in organic agriculture.
  • Biological pest control: more than 200 agriculturalists, with the support of Valencia Polytechnic, have agreed not to use pesticides or herbicides.
  • Promotion of produce sales directly from farms .
  • Establishment of an oil press, leading to the recovery of around 150 hectares of abandoned olive groves!!!.
  • Sponsorship of organically cultivated olive trees.
  • Agro tourism: for the first time all rural routes are now signposted and information boards have been installed there in order to reclaim them as footpaths.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Environmental recovery in the Algar river.
  • Recovery of the left-hand bank of the Algar estuary, where there were examples of illegal occupation of a public space.
  • Demolition of the old gravel pit and its regeneration by planting a poplar grove, thereby promoting the celebration of “L’Arbret” (Tree Festival).
  • Ecotourism: snorkelling routes.
  • Promotion of international environmental volunteer groups.
  • Recovery of the “Camí de la cova de la serp” (Snake Cave Pathway).
  • Agreements reached with new waste product management companies for Altea. Agreements for the installation of over 35 collection points for batteries, 20 skips for collection of used items of clothing and the collection of light bulbs and fluorescent tubular lights in public buildings.
  • BICIALTEA, a public system for bicycle rental which encourages a more sustainable means of transport.
  • Bicycle lane.

PROTECTION OF FAUNA AND FLORA

  • Recovery of an indigenous bird; the Western swamp hen or Sultana Bird.
  • Declaration of “Barranc de les Penyes” as a micro flora reserve for the protection of a species in danger of extinction: (the Pteris vittata L fern).
  • Nests to encourage nesting of protected species.
  • Efforts to control invasive species in the Algar river.
  • Approval for the cataloguing of trees of local interest in Altea.
  • Rent and partial adaptation of a future animal rescue centre.
  • Network of ecological moorings designed to protect the meadows of Posidonia.

FIRE PREVENTION

  • First local regulation of bonfires in order to prevent forest fires.
  • Innovative system of fire risk warnings installed in BICIALTEA multimedia centres.

 

TOWN PLANNING

Drafting of the General Land Use Plan .

A new urban model and new regulations which:

  • Prevent the regrouping of houses which, together with a reading of local regulation constraints, allowed the construction in the Sierra of terraced buildings of several hundred metres and more than seven storeys. Consequently, the regulation has been modified with regard to 14 partial plans in the Sierra.
  • Ensure that every square metre constructed is counted, thereby avoiding a lower IBI payment and the failure to observe the maximum number of metres permitted.
  • Allow the emission of express licences thus involving less bureaucracy around restoration projects.
  • Forbid macro excavations in the Sierra.
  • Forbid indiscriminate tree felling activity.
  • Restrict acoustic contamination between July 15 and August 30 as a result of the intense levels of noise caused by building work.
  • Regulate the indiscriminate installation of mobile phone aerials.

Restoration and Protection of Cultural Patrimony:

  • Catalogue of properties (including the historic centre of Altea la Vella).
  • Restoration of the Portal Nou (one of the best preserved sections of the medieval wall of Altea).
  • Conservation of the seamens’ homes (in addition to specific regulations).
  • The Renaissance bulwark of Altea (dating from 1617) declared as a historic-artistic site. There are only 5 in the province of Alicante. There is a possibility of obtaining specific grants.
  • Beginning of the refurbishment of the Moli des Moros (Moors’ Mill).
  • Refurbishment of the constabulary barracks.
  • Protection or renovation of the only “World Heritage Site” in Altea – the cave paintings in the “Cova del Vicari.” Reproduction in 3D and the publication of a text book explaining the cultural significance of this patrimony.
  • Subsidies for the painting of house fronts in the historic centre (more than 100 families have received these).

Other Planning Activities:

The removal of illegal publicity hoardings – more than 99% complete (no-one had enforced the laws).

  • The creation of parking spaces:
    • Increased number of places in the port area with a redistribution of the space.
    • Expansion and adaptation of the car park in the TRAM station.
    • Provision of spaces in the University area thanks to an interchange of land between the university and the town hall.
    • Solutions to difficult cases:
      • Edificio Maravallu, an abandoned building in the very centre of the historic old town, in violation of planning regulations.
      • Making usable the plot of land called “Casa de los Moros” (the Moors’ House). It was completely filled with rubble and rubbish. The same operation in Santa Barbara street.
      • Cleaning and asphalting the dead end street at the crossing between Cuesta de las Narices and Navarro Ramón street
      • Creation of a register of all abandoned plots of land. This was done to avoid land speculation.
      • Subsidised housing for families in need.

     

    EDUCATION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

    Innovative actions for the student body:

    • Innovative Guidance Project for secondary school students: “What tree are you?
    • Technological innovations in secondary schools.
      • “Robot Theatre.” Purchase of robots and programming classes.
      • Assembly of drones and the development of socially beneficial projects.
    • Promotion of school achievement: (for students with few socioeconomic resources).
      • Free summer schools for revision. These also offered games, sports and musical activities.
      • English classes and free student support services throughout the academic year.
    • Encouraging recycling: workshops and participatory activities.
    • Improvement of road safety education: creation of a closed circuit and facilitating the use of public transport: the bus.
    • Creation of norms for the enrolment of students from community homes in order to improve their integration.
    • Prevention of absenteeism in schools: “Proyecto Integra” (“Integrate Project”) – complementary classroom activities: first aid, preparation of radio programmes.
    • First aid classes in secondary schools.
    • Better study skills: Mind Maps.

    Actions for teachers:

    • Two seminars on the inclusive school, so that school can become a supportive community which encourages school achievement.
    • Project “Towards Inclusiveness in Altea”. Improvement of communication among professionals dealing with children; teachers, health workers and social services.
    • Teacher Training.
      • Courses in programming of pedagogical robots.
      • Course in drone construction.
      • Course on “Tools for Empathy” – conflict management.
      • Course: “Cinema as a tool for values education”.

    Actions for families:

    In terms of reconciling home and work and of social-economic support:

    • Creation of book banks, more than 54,000€, a saving in excess of 65% of the costs to the families.
    • “Municipal Project for the Unbroken School Day” with the involvement of all schools, parents, teachers and Town Council working together for a common goal; the greater ease of combining work and family life.
    • Improvement of municipal grants. Revision, updating and improvement of all subsidies within the area of education.
    • Creation of norms for the cancellation of classes due to bad weather conditions.
    • Compatibility of family and school life:.
      • Organisation of educational and recreational activities para children during school holidays.
      • First time provision of a dining room during the Summer School.

    In the area of pedagogy:

    • Family support school: for those families with children of Infant and Primary school age who experience learning difficulties; personalised educational psychology guidance and participatory workshops.
    • School for parents and teenagers; the first to be held with the purpose of improving family harmony.
    • Improvement of study skills; printing age-relevant leaflets to assist families with helping children with homework and learning.
    • Training course for Parent-Teacher Associations to help increase positive participation of parents in the school community.

    Actions within schools:

    Creation of “Participatory Budgets” – all sectors of each school decide jointly how their share of the municipal budget is to be invested in their school.

    Work undertaken in schools aside from routine maintenance:

    • IN ALL SCHOOLS:
      • Improvement of safety measures in sports facilities with padded protectors on metal structures.
    • BLANQUINAL PRIMARY SCHOOL
      • Mending ledges.
      • Complete overhaul of school kitchen; replacement of tiles, flooring, pipes, electrical installation and furniture.
    • GARGANES PRIMARY SCHOOL
      • Mending 70% of the roofing to provide a permanent solution to eh recurring problem of leaks.
    • LES ROTES PRIMARY SCHOOL
      • A new sports ground (900m2) and new stadium seating.
      • Modernisation of all bathroom in the buildings.
    • L’OLLA PRIMARY SCHOOL
      • 50% extension of car park and renovation of access routes in order to improve both safety and the norms of access.
      • New sports ground.
    • ALTEA LA VELLA PRIMARY SCHOOL:
      • Wiring throughout the school to allow Internet Access in every classroom.
      • Improvement of heating and air-conditioning.
    • MUNICIPAL CRÈCHE
      • The initial project was improved by repositioning the kitchen and increasing its size from 9m2 to 42m2 which meant the lunch service need not be from a catering company.

    Other Action:

    • New training opportunity: Professional training course in “Agro ecological production” offered in Bellaguarda Secondary School
    • Promotion and better utilisation of the Adult Education School.
      • New course in preparation for the entry examination for further education.
      • Creation of a computer room and a course to improve computer literacy and the use of new technologies.
    • Support for the establishment of the first British Secondary School in Altea, sponsored by a non-profit Parents’ Association.
    • String instrument Luthier school in the premises of the Conservatory, the third in Spain.
    • Legally recognised University Summer Schools:
      • Sustainable Design, Micro-organisms and Soil Health, Local Biodiversity and Functional Agriculture, Sustainable Land and Public Use Compatibility, Family Organic Allotments, Design and Implementation of Edible Forests, Sustainable Public Art etc.
      • “Altea landscape” grant for students in the Fine Arts faculty in collaboration with CaixaAltea and the Miguel Hernández University.

    HEALTH

    • Creation of a local Health Board (pharmacists, health workers, veterinarians …)
    • Building work in the Pla de Castell street Health Centre:
      • Improvement in attention to patients, resulting in less congestion in the main Altea Health Centre
      • Purchase of the premises and the neighbouring plot of land for the same price as rental cost. This led to the renovation of the area with the creation of a square and, beneath it, the much needed Municipal Archive
    • Renovation of the Health Centre in Altea la Vella.
    • Improvement of the Fisherman’s Guild doctor’s surgery (the Guild now no longer exists)
    • Signposting Health Centres.
    • Creation of a volunteer group in Health Centres to facilitate communication with foreign patients.
    • Installation of defibrillators in public municipal buildings.
    • Multiple campaigns directed at health risk prevention: hearing, eyesight, melanoma, blood donation.
    • “Healthy Eating” project in schools.

    ANIMAL WELFARE

    • Tendering for services of rat extermination and animal rescue. This had never been done before. Services were assigned without explanation or accountability.
    • Expansion of the area included in rat extermination, including urbanisations for the first time.
    • Modification of the regulations governing animal ownership, a pioneer move to guarantee appropriate and decent treatment of animals.
    • Establishment of an action protocol to be followed in cases of dangerous dogs and bites.
    • Low cost anti-rabies vaccination campaign.
    • Launch of a campaign to sterilise stray cats.
    • Campaigns for the prevention of the practice of abandoning animals, with leaflets, posters and talks in schools.
    • Campaign to encourage the adoption of abandoned animals. A new adoption website.
    • Campaign to encourage healthy animal feeding and welfare.
    • Campaign to encourage owners to collect their dog’s faeces, with specific signs for the purpose.

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    The contributions of CIPAL in the town council