After 2 years of investigation the Regional Assembly’s all Party Commission for Camposol is nearing the conclusion of the Report which may provide solutions to start a process hopefully resulting in Camposol’s long awaited completion.
Only two people have yet to appear before the Commission, before the Report can be published and voted on in the Regional Assembly.
Regional Political Party’s including PSOE, Cuidadanos and Podemos have pledged support for a paper outlining the completion and adoption of Camposol.
So how did Camposol arrive at this point, it’s been a long and sometimes stressful road, driven by the CRA Committee assisted by Murcia Transparente, Regional and Local Members of the PSOE and Ciudadanos Party’s, various architects and others too many to mention, so here is a brief time line of the journey so far:-
Early 2015 – A viable relationship had been established between the CRA and Mazarron Council, weekly meetings were arranged between the CRA and Juan Miguel Munoz (Councillor for Urban Services), Ismael Gomez (Councillor for Foreigners), Paco Fernandez (Camposol Foreman). Many issues were discussed and actions agreed according to severe budgetary constraints.
In the following 5 months several street signs were supplied, the serious subsidence on the dual carriageway between C and D sector was repaired, chronic road deterioration caused by the 2014 floods in Calle Robles was re-laid. In addition to this EL CAPI Electrical Engineering Company began the installation and repair of the street lighting throughout Camposol.
The Mayor (Paco Garcia) also asked for support from Camposol in attending the Pleno just before the 2015 Election to pass the amendments to the Plan Parcial for Camposol. 8 CRA members attended the Pleno.
September 2015 – After the election, meetings with the new Council became difficult if not useless, it had also been plainly obvious for some considerable time that the funds required to complete Camposol will never be raised by Mazarron Council without some external intervention, so the CRA in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Non-profit making Organisation Murcia Transparente escalated Camposol’s case to the Murcia Regional Assembly.
25th October 2015 – After visits from Regional MP’s representing the PSOE, Ciudadanos and Podemos Party’s the Regional Assembly of Murcia passed the motion for an all Party Regional Working Commission to be set up with the aim of investigating the deficiencies in Camposol’s infrastructure, and presenting solutions.
4th May 2016 – The CRA were invited by the Regional Assembly’s Working Commission to attend their session in Cartagena on 10th May 2015, in order to provide an “Impact Statement” as part of the investigation. Committee members attended and presented a 6-page report on the shortcomings of Camposol. At the end of the meeting the members of the Regional Dept of the Environment, Agriculture and Water were invited to visit Camposol to witness the problems first hand. The invitation was accepted.
17th May 2016 – Members of the Regional Working Commission, accompanied by members of the Local Council and by the Press, visited Camposol. They were shocked to say the least, and gave statements on video that solutions would be sought.
Since then a comprehensive report has been completed, in no small part compiled by Regional Assembly Member Alfonso Baños (PSOE), Its proposals and recommendations will be voted on at the Regional Assembly.
November 2016 – As a result of the CRA’s 2-year long campaign for a solution to the D-sector rambla situation and following many meetings with the Regional Working Commission and with Murcia Transparente, Mazarrón Town Council presented a report to the CHS (National Rivers Ministry) and the Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment proposing three options for the re-direction of the D-sector rambla.
5th January 2017 – Upon request from the CRA, Members of the Regional Commission re-visited Calle Aljibe, part of which had indeed collapsed. The issue was noted and is addressed in the report completed by the Regional Working Commission.
16th May 2017 – The CRA was invited by the Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment to present comments and suggestions regarding the proposal for the re-direction of the D-sector rambla, presented by the Mazarrón Town Council in November 2016. The CRA enlisted the help of the Working Commission and Murcia Transparente.
20th June 2017 – The CRA sent a detailed report on the requirements and needs of the affected residents, to the Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment. This was in response to their request for comments and suggestions regarding the proposal put forward by the Mazarrón Town Council for the re-direction of the D-sector rambla.
11th July 2017 – Representatives of Murcia Transparente together with Tina Ruiz (Mazarron Ciudadanos Party) attended a meeting with Liana Ardiles López the Director General of the Ministry of Water in Madrid, on behalf of the CRA, to report the unacceptable delay of the CHS and the Town Hall in providing a solution to the situation of flooding in the D sector Rambla where 500 dwelling have been built illegally.
21st July 2017 – The CRA had a meeting with Councillor Tina Ruiz and Murcia Transparente to debrief after their representation of the CRA in the National Government in Madrid regarding the D sector Rambla issue (covered in the Spanish press),
2017 – The CRA Committee have fielded several important issues not least a report from Aqualia stating that the whole urbanisation’s sewage infrastructure was unfit for purpose and untreated sewage had been draining into the ramblas for at least 6 years.
Although this situation was known to the Town Hall and the Regional Assembly had passed a motion in 2015 to supply the Town Hall with 900,000€ to refurbish the Treatment Plant, no work had been done and the 12 pumps supplying the plant were described by Aqualia as ‘being in precarious conditions’ in fact, only one had ever worked.
1st August 2017 – The Working Commission was informed and one of their spokesmen requested and attended a meeting with the President and Director General of the CHS at their head office in Murcia.
4th August 2017 – After placing an official request with the Town Hall, the CRA approached the Guardia Civil who sent agents from their Environmental Division SEPRONA to take samples of the rambla water and issue a denuncia to the Town Hall and CHS (covered in Spanish and English speaking press). La Verdad reported “The pressure exerted by the residents of the urbanisation of Camposol (CRA) has paid off”.
August 2017 – ESAMUR (the Regional Sewage treatment department) started work on the Camposol Sewage treatment plant, which is funded by Murcia Regional Authority and will be completed early next year (covered in the Spanish and English speaking press).
August 2017 – Aqualia started work on the contract which will fix the 12 sewage pumps on Camposol by January/February next year (covered in the Spanish and English speaking press).
14th August 2017 – A meeting was held with the spokesman of the Regional Commission regarding the Regional Assembly’s proposals for Camposol.
Which brings us up to date and hopefully a positive vote for the advancement of Camposol by the Regional Assembly will bring solutions nearer, thanks to the hard unrelenting and usually unseen work of the CRA Committee.