By Cathy Elelman • 05 February 2020 • 13:44
DEPOPULATION: The provincial government said investments of this kind are aimed at encouraging people to remain living in small villages.
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria Facebook @diputaciondealmeria
INFRASTRUCTURE and services in Lucar have undergone a series of upgrades and improvements as a result of a more than €200,000 injection of provincial government funding.
Modernisation works included all the municipality’s street lighting, illumination at sports grounds and reforms to the Rural Alto Almanzora school playground. The Diputacion de Almeria investment in the locality also went towards works on the hermitage and on the Santa Maria church.
There was €10,000 for reforms to the hermitage roof under the provincial administration’s Presidency department financial assistance for municipalities with less than 1,000 inhabitants.
The church project was carried out thanks to several agreements with the Diocese of Almeria on the repair, preservation and adapting of municipalities’ parish churches in order to guarantee the conservation of localities’ historic, cultural and artistic heritage.
Diputacion de Almeria President Javier A. Garcia, Public Works deputy Oscar Liria and Presidency, Tourism and Depopulation deputy Fernando Gimenez paid a recent visit to Lucar to see the results of the funding first-hand, accompanied by the Mayor Manuel Lopez and Deputy Mayor Jose Antonio Iglesias.
“We have visited Lucar to see the investments we have carried out in this village to provide more opportunities and services to its residents and to keep its population here”, Garcia commented.
“Lucar has grown by 15 inhabitants in recent years. This means that the local government team is carrying out actions with the help of the Diputacion to keep the population fixed and its residents remaining living in their home village.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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