Working for the Marina Alta means for each and every one of its towns. It seems obvious, but it will not amount to much when after thousands of statements, public demonstrations of goodwill, meetings, photos, smiles, logos and manifestos, we still do not manage to convert these scattered and usually limited demonstrations into actions. I’m talking about real actions, planned and long term. I’m talking about a real motivation for change.
As mayor of Xàbia and PSPV-PSOE candidate I believe in our region. And I believe in it, because I am convinced that the future of our individual towns is closely linked together.
Wishing to place emphasise on the Marina Alta does not mean opposing other certainly useful territorial organizations, but simply reaffirms our collective wish to grow.
Believing that the municipalities in the region compete against themselves is a dangerous anachronism. Take tourism for example; the different locations of the Marina Alta are not competing against each other, but together we are – and we have to be –a more competitive offer compared to other Mediterranean destinations. Also we have to abandon the naïve fiction of static tourists and encourage those who visit us to explore and travel and enjoy themselves throughout the countryside. We have everything to make that possible: climate, diverse landscapes, attractive towns, culture, gastronomy, fiestas, sports, services, commerce, art, history … this should not be wasted in small private wars where there are no winners.
Regarding infrastructure; believing in the Marina Alta means abandoning the crazy times during which excessively expensive facilities were duplicated without anyone raising the question as to whether or not they were necessary. So your town has a …. (The reader can put in here whatever he wishes) ….well mine too has one … but even bigger! Thinking on a regional basis is the key; and sharing infrastructure and costs will maximize benefits. This is more respectful of the territory and, above all, with the taxpayer. This will make the region more effective.
Another basic issue is water. We have already begun to suffer the effects of a prolonged drought. Many towns are starting to have serious supply problems and without a common water policy for the region, this makes us weaker. Putting the issue of water resources on the table is essential. Only through cooperation, solidarity and justice can we guarantee this scarce resource.
Similarly, we need to fight to establish an awareness of our common identity, and reinforce this fact, before a possible interplay of interests between Alicante / Valencia / Madrid, we know best what we need and what we don’t. For example, can someone explain why the Marina Alta is cut off by train to the north?
Simply because as a region we do not count; yet we are a sufficiently large and important enough region to be taken into account. And further: is there any public transport that connects the Vall de Gallinera with the coast? Or why every time we leave the region do we have to pay a toll?
I once said that we are equidistant from Valencia and Alicante, whereas we should be equally close. We will only win because of that closeness, that weight, as opposed to being isolated actors. The town halls have to be aware of this reality and think as a network. If we who have so much in common do not help each other, how can we expect someone to do it from an office that sees us as just a spot on the map?
For this reason I mean yes, I believe in the Marina Alta.