By Euro Weekly News Media • 20 October 2011 • 9:32
TAKING SHAPE: Javier Aureliano Garcia and Domingo Fernandez at the San Isidro site
Photo credit: Diputacion de Almeria
CONSERVATIVE PP councillors at Alfaz del Pi town hall criticised €100,000 spent on attracting visitors from cruise ships.
Not one cruise passenger had visited Alfaz in the last three years, said PP spokeswoman Maite Huerta, and the council should stop trying to come up with tourism innovations and find solutions to residents’ problems instead.
The project had been a complete failure, claimed Huerta who accused the mayor of “building the house from the roof downwards.”
Further proof that the mayor increasingly turned his back on reality, according to Huerta, was his latest promotion “We Love Sundays Albir” aimed at persuading residents and visitors to use existing leisure infrastructure during the low season.
“Worse still, he wastes Alfasinos’ money without a second thought. He boasts about culture, festivals, the environment and other matters but does not concern himself with real problems,” she said.
There was little point in tourist gimmicks when the town was deeply affected by the crisis with increased unemployment, shops and businesses continually closing down, complained Huerta.
Neglected streets, public spaces and tourist zones coupled with lack of citizen safety had combined to give Alfaz one of the lowest tourist occupancy rates in the area, she claimed.
What she would instead like to see for Alfaz was an immediate and prioritised strategy for an economic transformation.
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