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The PSOE clarifies that spending on flowers responds to an image-based municipality model (09/10/2019)

The spokesman, José Antonio Serrano, says that "if in Murcia we had educational centers in the best conditions, effective employment policies and access to social housing and for young people, the flowers would seem good to us"

The Socialist Municipal Group is not against investing in flowers or decorating the municipality for certain events, but "we believe that it is not the priority. In Murcia there is so much to do, so many needs to cover, needs demanded by the neighbors themselves and neighbors and that are related to education, youth, employment ... that flowers are in the last place on the list, "says spokesman, José Antonio Serrano, who clarifies that" this is the model of the PP, and also of its government partners, based on the image, is not ours. "

In this sense, "for the PSOE, a municipality that has degraded neighborhoods such as Barriomar or La Paz and districts with a pressing need for services, investing in image is a perversion", and adds that "we have calculated that at the end of the year we will reach the negligible figure of 500,000 euros in flowers, so it has been spent in the first half, for the 240,000 of the Christmas campaign and what we still do not know about the September Fair. "

For Serrano, this half a million euros "may not be enough for the PP and Cs, but if we compare it with what is reported to repair a hundred public schools (560,000 euros), most without updated electrical systems to install digital boards or air conditioning , it is excessive. Another example is investments in employment, one of the main concerns of the population, totaling 454,000 euros. "

In the same sense, "we have almost 80 senior centers that were built more than 30 years ago and to keep them in condition there are 430,000 planned, less than for flowers, and if we look at the item for development cooperation it amounts to 300,000 euros," he says. The socialist spokesman.

In addition, "Murcia is a municipality with 450,000 inhabitants, where there are also needs for social and youth housing and in 2019 we will allocate the amount of 550,000 euros, while to recover our rich heritage of the garden, in which we must invest so much, 553,000 euros have been recorded, while in culture, so essential in any society, the total investment is 643,000 euros. "

The socialist spokesman says that "people do not ask for pots, ask to work, ask to take their children to educational centers in conditions and access to decent housing, those are the demands that a government must attend, the rest are fireworks."

Likewise, he adds that "we have a municipality without a fair grounds and with 117 million euros in investments without executing, we cannot get lost in gardens, because then that is another, we have large trees that are cut down due to their poor condition and if we move away from the city center, parks with bare grass or the rubber floor of the shattered playground. "

"It is not because we say it, the citizens say it constantly, and they talk about educational centers without air conditioning, of gardens without shade, of an ominous public transport. In Murcia there is much to be done, many major projects to execute, and everything that is before placing flowers or pots ", concludes José Antonio Serrano.

Source: PSOE Murcia / Fotos: archivo

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