“In this time we have had covid, storms, fuel … Only one zombie invasion was missing”
«I will not judge his management [al exedil Víctor Domínguez] because now I know how hard it is [gestionar]»
The popular mayor defended the latest improvement of the cleaning contract, which in practice means paying an additional 1.2 million for the service (to cover areas not included in the previous contract, the collection of container environments, the expansion of beach cleaning, along with the purchase of containers and of new trucks and machinery), and also the next one, focused on the collection of organic matter and used clothing. In this regard, the councilor announced that next week he will bring together municipal groups to present progress in the planning of cleaning and waste management that will allow the bidding of the new contract, based on the Alicante Waste Plan, the management project of the Zone 4 Waste Zone Plan of the Generalitat, the collection and management of the brown container for organic matter or the regularization of the management of other waste such as clothing or used oil. The mayor acknowledged again that the municipal government led by Luis Barcala will be late (the current contract ends in September), which will force a search for a formula to maintain the service [ahora en manos de una UTE formada por FCC, Ferrovial y Cívica, de Enrique Ortiz] until the signing of the new contract. Of course, he defended that the wait will surely be worth it: “Alicante will have one of the best specifications to award the new cleaning contract and that the management of the treatment plant is one of the best in Spain.”
“The bipartisan takes a year and a half to set up this commission and closes it with many pending issues”
“We regret that Llorens did not want to appear, who was the mayor who signed this contract”
Before Villar spoke Pavón and especially Domínguez, who was the councilor of the tripartite who was in charge of the area for the longest time. The ex-edil de Guanyar defended his management in the department, which coincided with one of the periods in which more criticism was generated for the cleaning in recent years. Domínguez pointed to the statement and the lack of human resources. “When the contract was signed in 2013, the City Council was bankrupt. I am convinced that this statement was drawn due to this economic context. There was a drastic reduction in the cost and, therefore, in the services, “said the former Guanyar, who was critical of the content of the contract (the technical manager was removed shortly after the left arrived at the municipal government) : «Cleaning quality control was not based on quantifiable aspects. That made it very difficult to measure the quality of the service. And in this regard he also justified the deficiencies of the service due to the lack of control: «The inspectors service was not given sufficient importance. It had to be reinforced and it was not done. It was not easy to negotiate with Human Resources [en manos del PSOE durante el gobierno de izquierdas]». Then there were eight inspectors and now, twelve (“enough” for Villar). The technicians, however, ask to increase to twenty.
“I do not know what the electoral pacts are for, such as that of cleaning or cooperation, if they are not fulfilled later”
The absence of Vox gives the municipal government a free hand to impose the closure of the commission despite frontal opposition from the left
Pavón, for his part, argued that his limited time at the head of the municipal [estuvo dos meses, desde que apartó a Domínguez hasta que saltó por los aires el tripartito] It prevented him from promoting changes: “It was impossible for us to obtain results because time was very limited.”
After three appearances marked by a tone far removed from the usual political tension in the Alicante City Council, and even more so in a matter as controversial as cleaning, the mess came at the last minute for the future of the commission. The left defended giving continuity to a body created for “the study and analysis of the contract”, while the bipartisan advocated going to conclusions. The absence of Vox [el portavoz se marchó por un asunto personal] tipped the balance in favor of the municipal government. Thus, the groups have until March 26 to present their proposals for conclusions, which will be addressed in a month, in the April 8 session.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.