Hope for Orihuela Costa’s abandoned urbanisations

C.L.A.R.O and its coalition partner Cambiemos Orihuela has presented a motion at the recent Plenary meeting of Orihuela council aimed at finding a solution to the problem of abandoned urbanisations in Orihuela Costa – whose residents, although paying taxes, have, sometimes for decades, received no basic services.
Such is the state of urban planning in Oriheula that there is no available information on the scale of this problem, but it no doubt affects thousands of property owners in several different urbanisations. Historically, responsibility for these urbanisations should have been taken over by the Council once they were completed by the developer. However, in many cases the Town Hall did not supervise the completion of the developer’s obligations and has not taken over responsibility for these urbanisations. And. Of course, most of the developers have since long gone. The consequence is that the residents have been abandoned to their sorry fate of inadequate basic services but have to pay full rates and taxes.
The deficiencies are many and include roads that have no tarmac, unmaintained green, insufficient or no street lighting, access difficulties, problems with security, sewage spills, rat infestations, pavements in dangerous condition, and children’s playground areas are dangerously neglected.

Since the problems involved in these abandoned urbanisations have been ignored for many years, expectations were that the Popular Party-Ciudadanos government would find a way to oppose the motion. However, most unexpectedly, the C.L.A.R.O-Cambiemos motion unanimously approved.
This is a major step forward since it obliges the government to provide complete details of all urbanisations in this situation (non-recepcionadas), to seek compliance by developers of outstanding obligations and if this is not possible, the government should provide the financial means to do so with a view to their formal acceptance by the town council and their inclusion in the full range of municipal services.