Friday 27th November 2020 – MIKE SMITH
An extraordinary plenary session of Xàbia Council next Tuesday will be considering an important modification of credits to finance a new social employment plan as well as a set of draft projects, including an asphalting project worth some 1.2 million euros, the renovation of the playgrounds in Thiviers and Freginal, and the construction of the first waste water pipe on the Montgó, amongst others.
The Council’s new employment plan based on social criteria will be endowed with more than one million euros, of which 940,000 euros will go directly on salaries. The intention is for the local government to offer 42 temporary positions of ten months each at the beginning of 2021, within the sectors of cleaning, maintenance, construction, and for caretaker duties.
Among the public projects to be considered is the 1.2 million euro project for asphalting, which will improve traffic safety on many roads in boh the urban centres and in outlying areas.
In addition, the construction of a 1,192 metre long waste water pipe – Montgó 3 – that will run along Camí dels Castellans as far as Calle Cáceres and part of Avenida Ángel Domènech will provide for the connection of some 900 homes to the sewer network.
Also included in the investment proposals is the removal of the foundations of the old Triana bridge, the comprehensive regorm of the playgrounds in Thiviers and Freginal, the construction of a new toilet block in the Social Centre, and the acquisition of one of the historic windmills of La Plana to incorporate it as part of municipal heritage.
Spending Rules Suspended
Councillor Ximo Segarra (Finance) explained that the investments will be financed from the council treasury, a formula that allows the temporary suspension of the spending rule authorized by the Government until 2021 as a result of the economic crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that the decision to suspend these rules allowed municipalities that are in good economic health, such as Xàbia, to be able to unlock their funds and take advantage of them to carry out much-needed projects and develop actions to reactivate the local economy during these difficult times.