Saturday, October 16

Culture cedes the management of Santa Bárbara Castle to Tourism

Image of the Castle of Santa Bárbara

Image of the Castle of Santa Bárbara

The Department of Tourism will manage the Castle Santa Barbara, until now in the hands of the area of Culture. Councilor Antonio Manresa (Cs) has appeared this morning in the plenary commission for the conservation of the Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC) of the city. The municipal body will have a quarterly periodicity, as agreed by the Corporation at the request of the PSOE. The mayor Manresa had defended, at the request of the technicians, that the commission meet once a year or, at most, every six months. In the end, the proposal of the Socialists has gone ahead with the support of the entire opposition.

The appearance of the head of Culture, at the request of the municipal opposition, has revolved around two areas. On the one hand, the elaboration of a workplan of the commission itself and, on the other hand, the presentation of the technical report by which the Department of Tourism will assume from next month the ordinary management of the Castle of Santa Bárbara. “The transfer of management does not mean that the Department of Culture is absent from issues related to this Alicante cultural landmark. The custody of the monument, as well as its study, conservation and public use will be carried out by the Department of Integral Heritage” , as explained by Manresa, who has emphasized the opportunity that “opens up by the collaboration between both municipal departments, both economically and humanly.”

The technical report presented by the Heritage department advises the drafting of a Master Plan that includes a use and management plan in collaboration with the Department of Urbanism and Infrastructures in order to have a comprehensive vision of all the structural problems as a whole. Plans are also requested for the main building of the Town Hall and the Island of Tabarca, in addition to insisting on the need for work on the archaeological ruins in Albufereta and on Torre Ferré. Alicante, according to the technical report, has 43 spaces declared a Site of Cultural Interest of which, only 13 of them are municipal property. The rest, even though it is privately owned, the council exercises custodial functions.

“For its part, the Tourist Board intends to stimulate the activity of the sector by promoting the use of the castles of Santa Bárbara and San Fernando as spaces for sustainable public use. It is about promoting activities in these monumental spaces under the parameters set by the conservation of heritage and in close collaboration with the Department of Culture, “according to the bipartisan.

Regarding the composition of this Committee of the Plenary, apart from the political representatives, municipal technicians will attend. Some with a fixed character, such as the Head of Integral Heritage (Culture); and others who will be invited promptly according to the topics to be discussed in the specific committee, in the case of the head of Historical and Democratic Memory (Culture), the municipal restorer, urban planning technicians in terms of building, projects or planning (Urbanism), or even Infrastructure , when the issue so requires, “because in some cases it is about coordinating different municipal departments for the execution of certain projects, although it may be extended to other administrations or external technicians if necessary,” according to the bipartisan.


Since the PSOE, the deputy spokesperson, Trini Amorós, has insisted that the 2021 budget is “absolutely insufficient to meet the needs of the technical reports on which the Councilor for Culture has based his appearance.” For this reason, he has asked Mr. Manresa to make a “last effort” to increase the amount for the recovery of Heritage. In another vein, the Socialist councilor has warned that it would be “convenient” for the City Council’s Culture technicians “to endorse the decision to change ownership of the management regarding the Castle of Santa Bárbara, since the more protection a property obtains , the more rigorous it has to be in compliance with the law “.

For his part, Commitment spokesman, Natxo Bellido, has defended the need for a decided commitment to Alicante’s heritage. “It is necessary to place Alicante as a reference of cultural and memorial heritage. A reference that serves for the people of Alicante, to generate self-esteem, and also for the people who visit us, to reinforce our position in urban tourism. That is why Compromís presents a decalogue for the BIC Heritage Commission with the aim of working not only to update and inventory, but also to propose a roadmap for the future to place the city’s heritage as an asset “, Belido pointed out.

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