The Deputy Speaker of the Socialist Parliamentary Group Alfonso Martínez Baños has today achieved the unanimous support of the Assembly to adopt measures to prevent depopulation and slow the aging of small and medium-sized municipalities in some areas of the Region of Murcia.
Martínez Baños denounced that in the Region the depopulation and the aging of the rural population are accentuating in recent years.
This affects the towns such as Aledo, Moratala, Ojós, Ricote and Ulea, Campos del Río, Abanilla, Albudeite, Pliego, Lorca and, in general, the Northwest Region and Río Mula, which are beginning to have serious problems in this regard.
In the opinion of the socialist deputy spokesman "this is one more example of how little the Popular Party has chosen for the municipalism during its 24 years of government, which is why it asked them for political will and budgetary allocations to face this challenge".
In the opinion of the socialist parliamentarian, the territorial development of the region has not been supportive in recent years and the regional government instead of helping these municipalities to resolve this situation has been economically asphyxiated.
In this regard, he gave two examples: that municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants are providing services that are not within their competence, such as the maintenance of medical offices, the exclusive competence of the Community;
or the transfer of solid urban waste to the Ulea treatment plant, something that is not of its competence either, but they are assuming it, with the consequent economic damage.
The Socialist Parliamentary Group proposes to stop the depopulation and the aging of the population of these municipalities, such as introducing the criterion of depopulation and aging in the future Local Financing Law;
improvement and rehabilitation of the houses of these towns;
lower the ratio of students to make schools viable in these municipalities and ensure their maintenance;
establish a plan to reduce the digital divide and have networks so that all households and businesses can have connectivity with broadband;
improvements in the road network;
access to basic services (health, education, social and commercial services) and major infrastructures (highways, highways and railways) through a plan that sets priorities in the execution of new infrastructures;
a good transport service to guarantee the quality of life of the elderly and young people;
reinforce the lines of incentives for the creation of businesses and employment in the tourism sector;
birth aids and the promotion of the economy, among the most significant.
Alfonso Martínez thanked the mayors who attended the Plenary Assembly for the debate on this initiative and stressed that "all these measures are the result of many months of work with the affected municipalities, which are the ones that know best what their main needs. "