Livid residents on the Costa Blanca demand ‘urgent’ clean-up to ‘save the summer season’

Disgusted residents on the Costa Blanca demand

Livid residents on the Costa Blanca demand “urgent” clean-up to “save the summer season”.

EMBARRASSED at the “deplorable” state of their town, residents in Orihuela Costa have launched a petition demanding the council draw up an “urgent action plan” to “save the summer season” and clean the streets.

Some 240 people have already signed the petition calling for “nothing more than the services and facilities to which any citizen has the right”.


One Orihuela Costa resident said: “We all pay taxes and should expect a reasonable amount of service. Right now our area is terribly mistreated.”

The petition organisers claim a street can go “seven months without cleaning and pruning”, and complain of broken or obsolete streetlights, holes in all the roads, and old or nonexistent street signs.

“There are abandoned green areas, children’s playgrounds are in a deplorable and dangerous state, and urbanisations are cut off from each other due to a lack of or impassable pavements,” residents said.

“Spending of public money in real botched jobs without supervision, landslides, important and necessary repairs that have not been done for years……. 50,000 people live here and the population quintuples in high season. We have no library, cultural centre, a single health centre – shameful – an alarming lack of police, non-existent citizen care and no employment plans” they continue.

“Easter has passed, and Orihuela Costa has seen far from the minimum cleaning and maintenance. That is why we demand the town hall make an urgent action plan to save the summer season.”

“We can not continue in these conditions, and we demand that this disintegration of Orihuela Costa that brings us so much shame and embarrassment is stopped.”

“I’m signing this petition because I pay my taxes and see nothing for my money. The Costas are being left to rot and decay,” said another angry taxpayer.

While another said: “The demand is for nothing more than services and facilities to which any citizen has the right, and which for other citizens are services that are taken for granted.”

As yet, the council has not commented on the petition or its demands.

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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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