A neighborhood platform has shown its opposition to the construction of an industrial estate of 75,700 square meters in Alfafara considering that it will be a «great environmental and social impact». The City Council, for its part, assures that there is no intention to urbanize, and that the objective is to complete the procedures that the previous municipal corporation started to regularize the area.
The collective, under the name of “Let’s stop the S3”, has denounced the “opacity and lack of transparency” with which the City Council is processing the Partial Plan S-3, an urban project for the creation of industrial land that they have described as “disproportionate” and that “could have a great environmental impact, given the proximity to the town and the Sierra de Mariola natural park, in addition to bringing with it an over-indebtedness ».
In this sense, the mayor, Toni Cloquell, has explained that in the area in question “there are constructions since 1989”, as well as that it was in 2017, with the previous municipal government, with Raquel Vicedo as mayor, when it was proposed to legalize the area through the so-called Partial Plan S -3. The drafting of the project involved an investment of more than 37,000 euros from exclusively, as he pointed out, from the municipal coffers.
The mayor has insisted that this plan was approved unanimously “on July 24, 2018” and that in the period of public exposure “there was only one allegation.” From then on “the City Council did not answer and the procedures were paralyzed.”
In this way, Cloquell has assured that when they enter the government they find the problem and decide to resume the procedures with the intention of “regularizing the area” giving it the qualification of “industrial” so that in the future companies can be located. «We are aware that large firms will not come, but small companies will come », has insisted.
The City Council, as stressed by the mayor, does not intend to urbanize at this time, since the intention is to define a specific space for industrial use.
However, from the platform they have also reported difficulties in “accessing the documentation in its entirety through the municipal electronic office”, as well as that “documents as relevant as the Environmental and Strategic Territorial Report, approved by the City Council in October 2019 ». The collective even has appealed to the Síndic de Greuges, which has resolved in its favor and recommended to the council that “publish all the available documentation on the website or electronic headquarters.”
Finally, from the platform they have assured that “they are in favor of the industry in the town, but not in any way or at any price,” while the mayor recalled that the vast majority of residents work in other municipalities and that “Alfafara must have industrial zones and they must be regulated.”
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