A TEAM of jobless people are being employed for six months to clean up and maintain country roads and green zones in Poble Nou de Benitatxell.
The initiative is thanks to the 2019-20 Progama Emerge, subsidised by the Valencian Employment and Training General Service (SERVEF), and the local council said, deals with two important issues at the same time: unemployment and getting rural roads in order.
A local authority statement said action on the municipality’s country lanes was much needed given how much grass and undergrowth had grown up in recent months.
The team got going last week, beginning in the dels Molins area, where they will be for several weeks. Between now and mid-April they will be in action in a number of different areas in the municipality, including Les Fonts, la Cumbre del Sol, Pueblo Alcázar, Calistros, Els Benitatxells.
The council said they would be smartening up 66 kilometres of roads in all, covering an area of 155,000sqm. The team have at their disposal a vehicle and all the necessary forestry machinery to carry out the different tasks.
Once vegetation has been pulled up and cleared away, the roads will be sprayed with an ecological product to help prevent further growth.
The local authority also reported that for the first time, and in coordination with the Environment Department, it has set out an annual programming and planning of the works with the idea of covering the whole locality in order of priority. As well as systematically carrying out the works, the planning also features continued maintenance, including once the Programa Emerge has finalised, and the gradual weakening of the vegetation thanks to the application of the new liquids.
Addressing the seven-strong team at their initiation course, Public Works councillor Maria Jose Ivars encouraged them to work to “keep our town clean and pretty.”
The councillor also emphasized the importance of what they would be doing, commenting, “It was necessary to take action on the vegetation, given that after the recent rains it has proliferated a great deal.
“We hope that within a few weeks residents will start to notice the changes”, she added.