The projects on public housing and broken promises They have taken over the political debate in Marbella, in which the 9 candidates who will run for Mayor of the city this Sunday, May 28, have participated in a calm meeting without major outbursts.

The debate has been organized by Radio Televisión Marbella at the Palacio de Congresos and has been moderated by the presenter Roberto Calzada, which has been developed during two epigraphs in which there has been a turn to speak and another to reply, for two minutes each one.

The candidates for Mayor of Marbella have exposed during the first round their public housing projects, where the PSOE candidate, José Bernal, has exposed his project 1,300 properties with prices between “87,000 and 130,000 euros” and rents between 300 and 400, as well as the creation of “a specific council”. Meanwhile, the candidate for the PP, Ángeles Muñoz, recalled that this year the government team has approved a housing plan, “VPO that have already been done or the” youth rental “project in the old Language School, remarking that “the priority objective is to obtain land”.

The United with Podemos candidate, Victoria Morales, has opted for the promotion of public housing and the regulation of those for tourist use; the representative of Por Mi Pueblo, Francisco Gómez, proposes a rental housing plan; The candidate for Marbella and San Pedro, Pedro Agüera, has opted for “property homes with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms for 400, 500 and 600 euros” respectively. From Impulsa Ciudad, Javier Lima has defended the creation of “a housing plan for an endowment of 50 million” in 4 years, in addition to a “park for rent”.

For his part, the VOX candidate, Eugenio Moltó, has stressed that “there can be no employment, tourism or access to housing if there is no security.” The candidate for Ciudadanos (Cs), Ángel Mora, has advocated “making an income plan for young people and the most vulnerable families” and “search for public land to build public housing for rent”. The candidate of Opción Sampedreña (OSP), Manuel Osorio, recalled that during the years of the party’s management “he recovered the land in Nueva Andalucía in order to use public land and carry out public promotion for rent or sale.”

in what regarding the tourism model, Muñoz has defended the existing one, highlighting that there have been 8 hotels that have accepted the modernization decree of the Board to “opt for a higher quality tourism” or “the purchase of hotels by large chains”. Meanwhile, Agüera has defended “a tourist model as the first source of income closer to Monaco than to Benidorm”, with “a safe, clean city and far from gunfire and mafias”; Lima has advocated “diversifying the economy to have higher quality jobs,” declaring that “the model is exhausted because it is unsustainable.”

Moltó has valued that “we cannot have a tourism model if we do not have good beaches, no access to housing when everyone starts making broken promises”, betting on “neighborhood cleanliness and safety”. For his part, Mora has defended “a model oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals”; while Osorio has opted for “a model of excellence and quality”.

The parties reproach Muñoz’s management in terms of VPO

In the reply turn, several parties have reproached the PP its management in publicly-promoted housing and its construction by private companies, has pointed out Paco Gómez, who has lamented that “in 16 years it has completed just over 100” proposals; Morales has recriminated that “104 homes have been built in 14 years”; and Osorio that the Consistory “bought land for public housing” and that finally “Muñoz has sold it again.” Bernal has indicated that the land for this type of housing should be “free and Muñoz has put it up for auction”; Agüera has lamented the management of the “450 social” that the City Council owns; and Mora has pointed to “the great promises that are made every 4 years”, alluding to the PP programs.

The infrastructure deficit marks the debate

The second section has covered various areas of municipal management, such as the structure of the City Council, Sports, Health, Social Services and infrastructures, in which the PP candidate has alluded to the “100 million” that the Board has allocated in this legislature in the city. Meanwhile, Bernal has criticized that “there are fewer sports infrastructures than 4 years ago”remarking that “sport is the example of the disaster in the management of the PP”, assuring that the privatization of the municipal Stadium will be prevented.

Por Mi Pueblo has opted to “reform Ricardo Soriano and Ramón y Cajal avenues” with its pedestrianization, a parking network, a sports consortium, a pedestrian center or a food program; Morales has criticized the absence of an Olympic swimming pool, an athletics track, youth centers or the City of Justice, advocating for a municipal stadium of “public management”; Agüera is committed to “unifying the municipal offices in a building to save rent” or “morning and afternoon nurseries”.

Lima has criticized that Marbella “has occupied 50% of the land”, which is why it does not have the infrastructure it needs, and is committed to “a sustainable development model over time” with “the drafting of a master plan for sports facilities” or the remodeling of the Town Hall. Moltó advocates “fixing the town from your neighborhood”, lamenting that “a City Council that has a budget of 333 million and a debt of 280 will hardly be able to remodel and carry out major works if spending is not reduced.”

For his part, Mora has criticized the “deficit in sports infrastructure” with “more than a decade promising things that have not been fulfilled” such as the residence for the elderly, or removing the sanitation collector on the beaches, while Osorio has alluded to the access to San Pedro with the third lane, the breakwaters or the Lack of infrastructure in Marbella.

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