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A new political party calls for more democracy for Orihuela Costa (Alicante)

Peter Houghton of the Partido Independencia Orihuela Costa (PRIOC) party said that the services on the coast are appalling compared to other districts.

“Orihuela Costa has a much larger population than many villages that completely control their own administrative affairs through segregation,” said Peter Houghton.

“I don’t see how a town 34 kilometers away, separated by the countryside and two independent towns, can administratively claim the coastal zone,” he said.

“Certainly a place with a population of over 33,227 is of sufficient size to have its own city council and elect councilors who actually reside in the area and can truly represent its residents.”

Houghton cited nearby Pilar de la Horadada with a population of around 24,000 which gained independence from Orihuela’s stranglehold in 1986.

“This town has flourished and the amenities have really expanded over the past few years. The money collected in the region is actually spent on residents who contribute to municipal revenues.

San Miguel del Salinas (about 8,000), Montesinos (5,500), Dolores (7,300), and Catral (8,600) were all self-contained with services that clearly exceeded those of Orihuela Costa, Houghton pointed out. “The independence of Orihuela Costa is the only real way forward,” he said.

“The people of Orihuela Costa have the power to determine the future of the coast by voting. They just need to believe in it and put in the effort.

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