SMALL towns of under 20,000 inhabitants within the Alicante community have just under three weeks to apply for grants for the removal of Francoist artwork from their public buildings.
Fifty thousand euros from regional funding has been earmarked for the project which allows the towns to apply for subsidies up to €1100 for each symbol requiring removal.
Applications will be considered after the closing date at the end of the month, based on size, difficulty of the work involved and historical importance of the artwork.
The regional government included the initiative in this year’s budget after consultations with the Valencian political pressure group Esquerra Unida.
Deputy councilor Raquel Perez, defending the project, at its launch, said:
“We are aware of the economic difficulties that the removal of this Francoist symbolism entails in the budgets of many municipalities.” Explaining that, “Even though many want to carry out this task of Democratic renewal, they are forced to postpone these actions.”
She concluded that the council were satisfied that this was the first time they were able to implement the Law of Historical memory within the region.
Pic Caption ……. A building plaque similar to the ones which will be removed in the new Alicante initiative.