Javea Grapevine Issue 182 2016 One - Page 11

I wish to thank Antoni Miragall, the Councillor for Fiestas for all his efforts, thanks to which it was possible to hold a parade which we will remember with fondness and pride. This is the way forward! On a personal level, Christmas is always a good time to enjoy the company of family and friends and to celebrate my birthday. During this period we received good news in the form of a Supreme Court ruling. Xàbia Town Hall will recover almost 3 million euros which was paid some years ago for the expropriation of 95,000 m2 of land located in the area of ​​Capsades. Now this large tract of land will enjoy the protection granted by the previous General Plan and the municipal coffers will enjoy a major boost. This legal decision gives us the power to manage our territory from a sustainability aspect without the fear having to pay huge compensation. On this subject, the Department for Urban Development, headed by Isabel Bolufer, is doing a great job, and this will soon be reflected in the new General Plan. In addition, I am pleased to announce that we have taken the first steps, for the new auditorium in Xàbia to become a reality during this current legislature. The green light has been given for the planning specifications, and this cultural infrastructure will become an icon not only for us but for the whole region. With regard to the subsidy we received from the Alicante Provincial Government for the renovation of the Central Cinema, these 600,000 euros will not be lost, but will be allocated to the renovation of the Avenida Ultramar (second Montañar) ; a major tourist area. But the focus of our management will still be our people and what affects them most directly. During the month of December we increased the number of personnel in the OAC (Citizen’s Help Office) to meet the applications for the plan XarxaLlibres, a project of the Valencian government and cofunded between Alicante and Xàbia, which gives families free access to school textbooks. In addition, the Town Hall has adhered to the plan to combat energy poverty that has been implemented by the Valencian