Friday, January 27

The City Council gives the Bonfires three years to change the fences with which they are financed


The bonfire commissions will have three years from the first effective plantà – it will be 2022 if the pandemic allows it – to change the fence that they place on the perimeter of the monuments, supports where Sponsors are announced to pay up to 15% of the cost of the campfire, in those with the highest budget up to € 10,000. The replacement of the fencing is contemplated in the accessibility plan for the Bonfires promoted by the Alicante City Council and seeks to facilitate the view of the monuments to people in wheelchairs.

The festeros have obtained the moratorium after the allegations to the plan presented by the Associació de Fogueres Especials -integrated by 9 districts- and the bonfire of Calvo Sotelo, supported by the Federació de Fogueres on understanding that an immediate change supposed a significant economic damage to the festive associations, since they could lose these sponsorships. They asked to postpone the measure. This has been considered by the bipartite government team, which has already approved in the Governing Board the final version of the accessibility plan with a three-year moratorium, a period that will start counting from the next plantà, so that the bonfires have access to more time on this modification. The approved version is the second since the first received the allegations of the Federation for the difficulties it posed for the plant when considering that it established restrictive pedestrian itineraries for monuments, racós and barracks. The study, the drafting of which the City Council commissioned Cocemfe, was modified and went on public display again.

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«The model of fences is the one that exists. They have to make the new material »

Manuel Jiménez – Party Councilor


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Returning to the fencing, the plan forces to install a new system without opaque elements (that hinder visibility) at a height greater than 70 centimeters yes and no on a fence. In other words, sponsors will be able to advertise on one billboard but not on the next, which will also force companies to spend and invest in the new media.

The allegation presented by the Federation through its president, Toñi Martín-Zarco, urged that the circumstances be reconsidered and alternative measures allowed “in order to continue using the fences provided by the sponsors as they are an important means of financing. ». Francisco Vinal, vice president of Associations, points out that the Federation does not agree with the measure “because it may affect the economy of the commissions since the sponsors and collaborators will have to make an extra expense in adapting their fences”. In this sense, they believe that it was not the time to approve the plan and that they should have waited for the health and economic situation to fully normalize “because there are still a lot of companies in ERTE.” Vinal stressed that it is a plan exclusively on the initiative of the City Council that only affects the Bonfires and not other festivals in the city. The mayor Manuel Jiménez points out that the moratorium is due to the fact that there are a series of signed advertising contracts and that the billboard model is the one there is. In addition, he recalled that in some cases billboard advertisements account for 15% of the budget for the campfire, “which would be a detriment” to be applied immediately. “But you have to make everything accessible, and that is yes or yes. It will come into force in 2025 to allow the visibility of the monument to people in wheelchairs». The president of the Associació de Fogueres Especials, Josep Amand Tomás, recalled that there are already commissions that facilitate this aspect by putting a tape on the front of the bonfire. Regarding the moratorium, he said that “it is a way of giving us a margin to correct the issue.”

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Pedestrian paths will hardly touch

“Maintain existing pedestrian routes, without reducing or negatively affecting them during Bonfire days, so that people with reduced mobility can move normally”. This is the final text with which the accessibility plan for these festivals has been approved after resolving the allegations of the second public exhibition through which it has passed. This is so after the City Council has accepted 90% of the allegations that the Federació de Fogueres presented to the initial document, understanding that the pedestrian routes were restrictive and hindered the planting of a third of the monuments, clusters and barracks that are installed. .

The bipartisan admits the allegations of the Federation, which complained of damage to the plant


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The plan was prepared by the Community Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities (Cocemfe) at a cost of € 15,246. The Federation considered that it put too many obstacles to the normal development of the Party. Although the entity is committed to facilitating accessibility to both physically, mentally and organically handicapped, as Cocemfe points out in the plan, «another thing is to make it so accessible that it makes it impossible to plant many bonfires and many bunches, of the order of 30% or 40% ». The allegations were based on a decree of the Generalitat, which regulates accessibility in buildings and public spaces, more flexible than the plan, with which it overlapped. According to the vice-president of Associations of the Federation, Francisco Vinal, the one from Alicante relied on a state law “much more restrictive than the autonomous one and we managed to turn around 95% of the proposals. It stays as it was except in some cases where ramps will have to be put in. ”

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“You have to think that at a distance not too far from the campfire there are always ramps down from the sidewalks so that the public can turn it around. In some there will be unevenness, but there are so many innovations that the committees will have to apply them little by little ”, concludes Josep Amand Tomás, president of the Associació de Fogueres Especials.


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