APPROPRIATELY for a town with a British councillor, Finestrat is breaking down the barriers between nationalities.
Victoria Curtis, councillor for Residents of Other Nationalities (RON) is organising meetings to introduce herself to the town’s 4,218 non-Spanish residents.
The Manchester-born councillor, who has lived in Finestrat for 10 years, also wants to listen. Both she and the town hall need to hear how foreign residents feel about integrating into the community.
“The point of these meetings is to establish a personal relationship with residents and try to break down barriers,” Curtis said. “I don’t only mean the barriers of language or culture, but the administration itself with all its procedures and red-tape.”
It is important for residents to understand the way the municipality works, she added. “We’d like them to see the town hall not as something remote but an administration that’s near to them and approachable.”
The mayor will also be attending the meetings, Curtis said. “Residents can get to know us both, learn what we do and find out how to access the town hall whenever they need help.”
The first meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 8 in the Llar del Pensionista at the Casa de Cultura at 10am. The La Cala meeting will be on the same day at 6pm in the Centro Multiusos in Edificio Calasol, Avenida Marina Baixa.
Residents should confirm beforehand that they will be attending on the free phone 900 87 88 70 (from 8am-2pm) or by email on [email protected]