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Luisa Boné receives the 11 Qualitur flags for the beaches of Orihuela
 
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19/06/2017

Luisa Boné receives the 11 Qualitur flags for the beaches of Orihuela

The city councillor for beaches Luisa Boné received this morning in Cullera by Raquel Huete, the director general for Tourism of the Generalidad Valenciana, the 11 Qualitur flags for the beaches of Orihuela.

Orihuela is becoming an important benchmark for coastal tourism. This year, its beaches and bays have received the most prestigious awards of the sector, which recognise the high water quality of our beaches and the excellent services available to bathers. The Qualitur flags are awarded by the Tourism Agency of Valencia for all beaches, which promote and maintain the quality management in services and the environmental management system. Our 11 beaches are subject to quality programmes and quality marks ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and 9 of these beaches have the blue flag and in addition 5 beaches have received the quality mark "Q" for outstanding Spanish tourism.
 
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Interview with Luisa Bone in June 2017
 
Luisa Boné
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15/06/2017

Since when did you have the responsibility for the management of the city council for the beaches and coordinated services in Orihuela Costa?

Since January 31, 2017, I started my work in the city council for beaches when all the beaches were completely destroyed; the strong storms in December and January were devastating for our coastline.

So you were not involved in the government of Orihuela before?

No, I belong to the municipal group of Ciudadanos.  We had been in the opposition since the beginning of the legislative period, but we decided to reach an agreement with the PP to govern together. This happened, as already mentioned in January. We have been pursuing a constructive policy since the beginning, because we believed that this is the best thing for the community and we have never been proponents of blocking good initiatives just because we are from another party.  If we evaluated an initiative as a positive thing for the community, we also supported it. My group believes that if you want to improve Orihuela and the coast, the best way is to be part of the government and to work within the government team and that is what we are doing now.

What were the first measures you took after taking responsibility for the beaches?

The first was an inventory of the damage we had in all our beaches and the planning of the necessary measures to bring the beaches back into a normal state. The Easter week was approaching and the beaches had to be ready for that time.

Can you mention some of these damages?

The damages were terrible: all the piping for the foot showers was broken and we had to lay new pipelines to all the beaches. The foundations to 14 foot showers were also completely destroyed. The ramps, the stairs and the beach footbridges for access to the beaches were also destroyed, such as on the beach of Playa de la Glea and Mil Palmeras. We have lost a lot of urban equipment on the beaches, such as beach footbridges, waste baskets, including three flagpoles.  Most of the beaches had no sand, you had the impression of a desolate landscape and it was depressing to witness this.

Well, Easter is over and it seems that you have managed to repair everything on time.

That's right. The fact is that the city hall staff and the urban intervention forces responded very well and did an excellent job against the time.

And now?

The beaches are now in a very good state, the international jury for blue flags even told us this week that the city of Orihuela has received 11 blue flags as a quality mark for the year 2017, that is one more flag than the previous year. What I would like to say is that we can not have done our work too badly! Orihuela is very well positioned on the international level because our beaches combine a number of criteria which attracts many people. We are the second municipality in the whole of Spain with the most blue flags, and it is not so easy to acquire them and then to keep them.

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And what do you plan to do with the green areas of Orihuela Costa, which have always been very neglected?

I have started an action plan for the green areas and the roads of Orihuela Costa. On the one hand, we contracted the service of a company for the clearing of the weeds and the shrubs in the streets. The action areas have been defined, where they have to clear the weeds and after that work has been done, they will spray the weeds so that they do not return so quickly. And on the other hand, we have drawn up an intervention plan which takes into account all the parks in Orihuela Costa. The company, which is responsible for the maintenance of the green areas on the coast, does not have to maintain all the green areas according to their contract terms and therefore we have worked out a work plan to be able to cover all the parks.  The work that these intervention forces mainly do is pruning trees, pulling up dead plants, weeds and maintaining the urban equipment that is located in the parks, such as benches and the facilities of the children's playgrounds. This work, which seems so easy, was simply not being done and therefore the parks are in their current state.  I am working to change this completely.  I believe the neglect arose more as a matter of the lack of coordination and control rather than the lack of financial resources.  At present we are carrying out a revision of all the green areas in order to establish what resources and actions we need for their proper care in the future.

And what can you tell me about the streets, do they not need an urgent improvement?

That is correct, that´s why we recently put out to tender an amount of € 647,000 for the asphalting of the roads of the coast. As public tenders take longer, we will not be able to finish this work before the summer. Therefore, I have divided the asphalting process into three phases. The first phase began on Monday, May 15, in which some roads are paved where required because the daily traffic necessitated urgent asphalting.  We are talking about the streets of Carretera de Villamartín, Nicolás de Bussi and Salvador Dalí.  
In a few weeks the second phase will begin, taking into account other roads, which are also in dire need of asphalting before the summer. The remaining roads will then be included in the execution plan for the month of September.

There seems to be a fresh wind blowing on the coast. Are further investments planned?

Yes, we have some projects in progress and herewith I want to make them known. We are currently working on the extension of a pedestrian walkway in Villamartín and improvement works are planned between the restaurant Montepiedra and La Barranca. In addition, the area of La Pinada in Campoamor will be re-paved in a week or two, because it is also in a bad condition. Furthermore, we have planned further investments for parks, beaches and asphalting, which will soon be passed through the plenary session of the town Hall. Very soon you will see a big difference here on the coast.

It seems to me that you have taken over the city council of the coast with great commitment and joy.

That is true and I am sure that I can make a 180 degree turn on the coast's infrastructure, and as I have the unconditional support of my group, this change will be a reality. Ciudadanos backs the coast, we know that Orihuela Costa has been very neglected and we see the many shortcomings, the result of years of neglect, but that is over now.

 
Cleaning works on the rocky coasts of Orihuela Costa - Top news and headlines from Orihuela Costa
 
Cleaning works on the rocky coasts of Orihuela Costa
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25/05/2017

Cleaning works on the rocky coasts of Orihuela Costa

In recent days, the group of personnel from the city infrastructure office and the military detachment Moe “Teniente Morejón” (Lieutenant Morejón), stationed under the command of Major Vives in Cabo Roig, have carried out cleaning works on the rocky coasts of Aguamarina in Orihuela Costa.  Due to the difficulty in access, this area must be cleaned by experts who are specialised in working with ropes.

Luisa Boné, city councillor for beaches of the city of Orihuela, has thanked the urban deployment force for this difficult cleaning task and in particular the military detachment, who always cooperate in an unselfish and helpful way for the benefit of all with the city hall and on this particular matter to improve the appearance of an area which is very difficult to access for cleaning.

It should be remembered that in the vicinity of these rocky coasts the weekly market takes place every Thursday and of course, a lot of rubbish accumulates on both the rocky coasts as well as in the adjacent micro-reserve. These are cleaning works for the elimination and the selective collection of any type of waste such as paper, plastic waste, wood residues, cans, etc.

Cleaning works on the rocky coasts of Orihuela Costa

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24/05/2017

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26/05/2017

Southern entrance of the beach La Glea

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Action plan for the maintenance and renovation of the parks and gardens of Orihuela Costa
 
Luisa Boné
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19/05/2017

Action plan for the maintenance and renovation of the parks and gardens of Orihuela Costa

The city councillor of Orihuela responsible for coordinated services on the coast, Luisa Boné, and for infrastructure, Juan Ignacio López-Bas, have announced that they will reinforce the urban deployment forces working on the action plan for the maintenance and renewal of the parks and gardens of Orihuela Costa. This action plan was announced a few days ago by Luisa Boné. This reinforcement is necessary because we need to maintain and renew more green areas than we initially assumed and therefore this reinforced workforce will be active at least until the end of May in view of the fact that the summer season will start soon.

In this way, López-Bas pointed out that "given the state of the coastal parks, it was decided to deploy temporarily two troops of personnel from the city infrastructure office on the coast. The one group, consisting of four people, will take care of the parks and gardens and the other, with also four people, to carry out repair works. With this measure, we are expanding and accelerating the work on the renewal of green areas in Orihuela Costa."

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And Boné, for her part, has pointed out, "that a strengthening of the coastal staff from the city office of infrastructure is necessary, as we are just before the summer season and the coast of Orihuela is gradually getting filled with returning residents and tourists."

The public green areas in which the intervention forces have been active and whose conditions have substantially improved are among others in the urbanizations Horizonte, La Florida, la Zenia, Los Dolses and Las Piscinas. In this sense, both councillors have positively assessed the work already done by this action plan in Orihuela Costa, which was the first major measure on the coast since the entry of the city councillors of the party Ciudadanos into the local government at the end of January.

The aim of Ciudadanos is, according to Boné, "that it should soon be noticed that the conditions of the public areas of Orihuela Costas have greatly improved. A change in the landscape, said Boné, which has to be maintained and which should be in place, with a higher funding of resources and staff, which is to be achieved through an enlargement in the budget in the corresponding city council offices for this year 2017.

 
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16/05/2017

Asphalting in Orihuela Costa

The city councillor for beaches of the city of Orihuela, Luisa Boné, has advised about the upcoming asphalting in the streets of Orihuela Costa, which will be carried out in four phases.

The first phase has started this week and is being carried out in areas where there are serious shortcomings in the pavements and where there is a lot of road traffic. This will be in the public streets of Salvador Dalí in the area of PAU3 and the street Carretera de Villamartín.

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If everything goes as planned, these works are expected to be completed in two weeks and the cost of this asphalting is €60,303.01 (VAT included) on an area of 6,540 m2.

"The work to be carried out is the renewal of the surface with an asphalt agglomerate and the application of a compacted base layer. Then, where necessary, the manhole covers will be raised and the road markings, which will disappear due to the asphalting of the new road surface, will be renewed" Luisa Boné said.

The next asphalting will start in about one week.

 
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13/05/2017

Improvement Measures for Orihuela Costa Underway

The councillor responsible for coordinated services on the coast, Luisa Boné, has announced that the measures financed from remaining funds will start soon. This week two improvement works have already begun - the extension of the pedestrian walkway in the street Richard Wagner in Villamartín and a renovation work to the southern entrance of the beach La Glea in Campoamor.

According to the councillor, "The extension of the pedestrian walkway was necessary because the width of the sidewalk was too narrow for the use of prams, wheelchairs and it led more often to dangerous situations where pedestrians had to enter the roadway to make way for other passers-by. The situation was also aggravated due to the narrow lanes of the road, and due to this there have often been risk situations where someone could have been run over."

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Regarding the renovation work of the southern entrance of the beach La Glea, Boné said that "It is an area adjacent to the restaurant "La Barraca", the marina and the restaurant "Montepiedra Playa". It is an area that is used as a parking area and as a driveway for the beach cleaning vehicles, as well as for the trucks that collect and transport the algae. The problem is that this area is not organised; the cars park there without any consideration and more frequently block the access for the cleaning vehicles. In addition, during the inspections of the beaches regarding the blue flags, we were asked to put this non-structured area in order.

And that is why we have decided to improve matters here. The renovation work will in principle consist of adequately signposting the parking area; use of a steel cable to mark the traffic surface; changing the location of the rubbish containers which are currently located in the passage-way area; improving the access route to the beach for the cleaning vehicles and finally to asphalt the area completely."

These are two measures to be financed out of remaining funds. The extension of the pedestrian walkway will cost 19,200 € plus VAT and the renovation work on the beach of La Glea will cost 13.833 € plus VAT and both are expected to be completed within two weeks.
 
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11/05/2017

BLUE FLAGS FOR ORIHUELA COSTA

The city councillor for beaches of the city of Orihuela, Luisa Boné, has held a press conference to announce that the Blue Flag International Jury 2017 has recognized 11 Blue Flags for Orihuela, nine for the beaches and two for the marina ports.

The city councillor of the Municipal Group Ciudadanos pointed out that "Orihuela can rejoice for several reasons, but mainly because we are the city that has received the most awards in the province and we have now received another blue flag this year, so the number has increased from eight to nine".

These awards are international quality labels that recognize the high water quality of our beaches and the excellent services available to the guests (beach bars, rescue service, foot showers, accessibility etc.). Following this criteria, ADEAC has recognized Orihuela blue flags for the beaches of Punta Prima, Cala Mosca, Cala Estaca, Cala Bosque, Cala Capitán, La Caleta, Cala de Aguamarina, La Glea and Barranco Rubio.

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In addition, our marinas Cabo Roig and C.N. Dehesa de Campoamor have also received these awards.

Boné stressed out that "the Blue Flag International Jury 2017 has recognized 579 Blue Flags for the beaches in Spain, highlighting the fact that Comunidad Valenciana is the best-ranked Comunidad with 129 Blue Flags and Alicante with 78 Blue Flags, the best-ranked province of Spain”.

On the list of cities with the most blue flags in Spain, Orihuela is in second place.  In the province of Alicante, Orihuela is the municipality to receive the most awards. 

Last but not least, the city councillor for beaches thanked all the staff who are responsible for the beaches, infrastructure, tourism and cleaning, as they have made Orihuela an international reference point in the field of good management, for outstanding quality and performance standards, both in terms of the environmental conditions and the services provided.
 
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03/05/2017

ACTION PLAN FOR PARKS AND STREETS IN ORIHUELA COSTA

From the Office for coordinated Services, which is headed by Luisa Boné, an action plan was launched for the green areas and for the streets of the residential areas of Orihuela Costa.

After restoring the normality on our beaches, we are now concentrating on our parks. We have compiled different working groups, each consisting of three employees. A working group will take care of the pruning of trees and plants, as well as the clearing of various areas. The other team is responsible for the maintenance of the city furnishings (the playgrounds, the benches, the paper baskets ...)", said the councillor.

To date, these groups have been active in the green areas of the residential areas of La Zenia, Las Filipinas, Campoamor, La Florida, Los Valencia, Los Dolses and Blue Lagoon. And this week they continue their work in La Florida to go afterwards to the residential areas Horizonte, La Ciñuelica and Lomas de Cabo Roig. Step by step, we will be active in all the green areas of the residential areas.

Boné points out that "these works were very necessary in many residential areas, as many green areas on the coast are not contractually covered by the company that is currently responsible for their maintenance. A good work plan and of course also an effort of the employees makes it possible for us to look after all the parks of the coast ".

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Taking into account that the maintenance contract for urban green areas will expire soon, the City´s Department for Infrastructure, headed by Juan Ignacio López-Bas, is working "on a compilation of a list of requirements that takes into account all the green areas of Orihuela Costa so that all residents have decent parks in good conditions where you also can take your children without worries".

At the same time, we are using the services of a company responsible for the removal and spraying of weeds in the streets, curbs and sidewalks of the public roads of Orihuela Costa. This cleaning action will last a month and was awarded for an amount of 17, 248.52 € including VAT. The councillor added that this service is administered by five garden and landscape workers who have four manual sense trimmer, two vans and two tanks for spraying against weeds.

These works have been carried out in the same residential areas where also the green areas have been maintained and at the moment they are working in the residential areas of Horizonte and Villa Rosa. It is expected that in the coming days they will continue their work in the residential areas of La Ciñuelica, Lomas de Cabo Roig and Campoamor. These are residential areas that need this cleaning immediately.

Boné said that "we will repeat the spraying against weeds at the end of September, because only with a consistent approach, we will significantly reduce the amount of weeds on our roads".

 
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