RESIDENTS of the small Marina Alta town of Poble Nou de Benitachell, are about to be given a greater say in the management of their community.
Mayor Josep Femenia announced that the town council (BLOC CCD) have agreed to form a residents council, drawn from an estimated 43 population centres scattered around this sprawling rural community.
Open house meetings are at present taking place in the Central Municipal library at which all residents have been invited to discuss the general guidelines for this new management concept, a first in the history of this old Valencian village.
The meetings, conducted in Castilian, English, French and German languages, will explain the council’s plans for each residential centre to be provide their own elected spokesperson to representative their individual interests at regular meetings of the newly formed Residents Council.
In announcing the initiative, Mayor Femenia said, ‘The council have been aware for a long time that it was necessary for the council to have direct contact with all residents living within the borough and to provide all areas from within the town and the many outlaying areas, with an equal voice in the management of our affairs.’