The project is part of the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme and could obtain funding of almost 150.000 euros
The social and labour inclusion of young people with difficulties through their participation in European Union policies is the objective pursued by the project that Redován Town Council has presented to the European Commission, as reported by the town’s Councillor for Citizen Participation, Adrián Ballester. The Council is leading a consortium of organisations from seven countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Lithuania, the Netherlands and France) which have joined together “to improve the inclusion of young people who neither study nor work and who are at risk of exclusion as a result of factors such as unemployment, aggravated by the Covid-19 health crisis”, said Ballester.
The project is part of the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme and, if selected, could receive funding of up to ?148,000 from the European Commission. The initiative has activities in all seven countries, and the international partners include the French municipality of Saint-Aubin de Médoc, with which Redován is twinned and has strong ties of friendship and cooperation.
The councillor explains that “we hope to involve the whole municipality in the project and encourage citizen participation in Redován, with a special involvement in public life for young people so that they are aware of the opportunities offered by the European Union in terms of training and study, work or mobility”. Another of the objectives, said the mayor, is to “position Redován at an international level and demonstrate the municipality’s ability to manage European funds.
The project is scheduled to begin in March 2021 and end in September 2022, “provided that health conditions with respect to Covid-19 allow it”, Ballester explained, adding that “we hope that the young people of the municipality will become involved in this initiative and understand that the European Union and public bodies are something more, they are already institutions that are at the service of citizens to help them in every way possible”.
• The municipality is one of the selected among the nearly 1,000 requests for localities throughout Spain to promote connectivity among citizens
The Councilor for Citizen Participation of the Redován City Council, Adrián Ballester, has announced the resolution received from the European Commission regarding the ‘Wifi4U’ program of free internet for European countries. A resolution granting the European aid requested to provide the public squares of the municipality with a Wi-Fi connection. “Thanks to this subsidy we will be able to install several Wi-Fi points in the Redován squares, which will make it easier for citizens to connect to the internet and use new technologies for free,” explained the councilor.
Redován has been selected from among the 947 applications from localities throughout Spain that have applied for this grant. Specifically, the mayor explained that this European aid “gives participating municipalities up to 15,000 euros of subsidy, which will be used to finance the materials and installation costs necessary to develop the proposal.” For its part, the Redován City Council will be in charge of paying for the internet connection and the maintenance of the material for a minimum of three years, which will allow the user to access the internet without the need for subscription or financial compensation.
The development of this program will simplify access to new information technologies, since, as Adrián Ballester has reported, it is a completely free, easy and fast connection process through a main portal that will not require reintroducing passwords in case of reconnecting within 12 hours. “The City of Redován is characterized by promoting communication and citizen participation through the internet and social networks, so this grant and anyone that makes life easier for our citizens in this regard will be welcomed by the municipality,” added Ballester.
The Redován Participatory Budgeting process has concluded with a “resounding success” over the previous year and is an “example of democratic participation”, said the mayor of Finance, Citizen Participation and promoter of this initiative, Adrián Ballester, that “we have tripled the number of participants”.
The Redovanese councilor feels “very satisfied” because of the 338 people who have participated this year through the online platform, a total of 274 people have cast their vote “for the municipality to grow and do it with the help of the citizens and the associative fabric of the locality “. This year the winning proposal was the one proposed for the Musical Union school of Redován, with a total of 222 votes. The total amount that will be allocated in 2019 will be 40,000 euros and, among the requests of this proposal, is the renovation and acquisition of educational, instrumental and didactic equipment.
Ballester wanted to praise the work of dissemination and the effort of the Musical Union to get this economic game. “I congratulate the whole family of the music school since they have done an excellent campaign and it is an example of what needs to be done in participatory budgets”. In this regard, the mayor recalled that “we will continue to encourage all residents of Redován to be participants in the budgets.”
As for the proposals that have not received so many votes, there is the realization of a trade fair that can attract people from other locations and make the local products known with 4 votes. “It’s a proposal that we find interesting and we hope to develop it next year,” said Ballester.
In services and infrastructures the remodeling of Francisco Ferrer Plaza with more areas of games and shade that has obtained 3 votes, or the change of lawn and furniture of the Plaza Miguel Hernández with 1 vote is proposed. In addition, a proposal calls for the closure of parks to prevent vandalism at night with 13 votes and the closing of the Plaza de la Cruz with 5 votes. “The issue of enclosure of parks we have it very much in mind since we have done some and we will continue with this work for those places that do not have it,” said Ballester.
In social policies the organization of therapeutic workshops that has obtained 3 votes is proposed, besides the realization of courses of English and Valencian in different official levels with 1 vote. In this regard, the mayor of the Treasury explained that “these courses have already been launched, as is the case of the Valencian, whose places have been completed.”
Lastly, in sports the construction of padel courts has been considered, which has obtained 13 votes and the remodeling of the costumes of the Antonio Pascual Gil Duana municipal soccer field with 8 votes. As for the padel courts Ballester has advanced that by 2019 “we are going to ask for a subsidy to the Provincial Council of Alicante to do them and we hope that the residents of Cadiz can enjoy these highly demanded facilities”.
Adrián Ballester recalled that from the Redovanese government team “we are willing to analyze and study all the finalist proposals, because they seem coherent and if we can we will carry them out”. In this regard, he assured that “we do not rule out carrying out actions with any idea that, although it has not won, is worthy of being put into operation”. Ballester said that “we are very satisfied with the work we have done and we thank all the people who have participated in their dedication and enthusiasm to believe in this project and be part of the changes that materialize in the town.”
Servicios e Infraestructuras is the area where more actions are planned, followed by Fiestas, Culture, Tourism and Youth
The Councilor for Citizen Participation, Adrián Ballester, recalls that the finalist proposals may be voted as of October 15
The Participatory Budget of Redován entered yesterday in its second phase once the deadline for submitting proposals has expired. The people who have registered on the platform set up by the City Council (http://presupuesto.redovan.es) have proposed a total of 25 action proposals for the municipality divided into different areas. The councilor for Citizen Participation and Finance, Adrián Ballester, has indicated that until next October 14 the technicians will be responsible for evaluating the proposals of the citizenship and recalled that “from 15
of this month, the redovanenses we will have to vote which are the ones we like the most so that the winners can be included in the Municipal Budget of 2019. ”
The City Council of Redován has increased this year the economic amount to allocate to the Participatory Budget, to 40,000 euros, “since we consider it very important to be able to realize the needs that our neighbors see for the municipality,” said Ballester. The mayor added that when voting the finalist proposals, as well as to present it, “you can vote both through the web platform and in person at City Hall, where they will be given the necessary help to register and vote.”
As for the areas that have received the most requests are the services, infrastructure, environment and parks and gardens with 10 proposals, among which is the Menéndez Pelayo street arrangement, accessibility on the sidewalks and pedestrian crossings of the municipality or the improvements in different places like Francisco Ferrer, de la Cruz and Miguel Hernández among other things. Second, there are the proposals for parties, culture, tourism and youth with ideas such as the creation of a trade fair, the renovation of educational equipment for the School of Music of the Musical Union, the creation of a multi-purpose room in the building of the Third Age and environmental education workshops in the mountains.
In citizen security, the possibility of installing cameras in different points that monitor and serve as a deterrent to people who intend to commit a crime, while in the section on employment and training requires that parents and educators of schools municipal sports are trained in first aid. Sports is another of the areas with more proposals such as the construction of padel courts, remodeling of the municipal football field, the recovery of the municipal gym or making a circuit between El Rincón and Callosa de Segura to practice sports.
Ballester said that it is “real and feasible proposals that can be voted as of October 15”. Users who are already registered may do so through the web. That is why he has encouraged “those who want to continue participating in successive phases to register” while being satisfied because there are more than a hundred persons registered in Redován who have already registered.
Regarding the phases, at present it is the municipal technicians who will assess the legal, technical and economic feasibility of the proposals received to vote on the finalists between the 15th and the 31st of October. The results of the voting will be published on November 5 and the winning projects will be included in the Municipal Budget of the City Council of Redován 2019.
Redován 16/7/2018. The design of the Municipal Budget of Redován for next year 2019 is underway and with it starts, as it did last year, the process of Participatory Budgeting. The mayor, Emilio Fernandez, and the Councilor for Finance and Citizen Participation, Adrián Ballester, today presented this initiative that both have assessed as “very positive” after the experience of 2018. In fact, the government of the Republic of Cordoba has decided to increase the amount in budget to the proposals made by the citizenship to 40,000 euros. This way it is foreseen to invest a minimum of 40,000 euros to the projects that are presented (last year they were 30,000) and the possibility of increasing this figure is left open “taking into account the different spending commitments that the City Council has assumed”, said the mayor of Finance.
Adrián Ballester has been in charge of explaining the four phases of the process, the first of which, of collecting proposals, is already underway. “In it people registered in Redován may submit up to three proposals, with an explanation of each of them and an estimated budget,” said Ballester, who recalled that everything is done through the web ‘http: // budget .redovan.es’. The proposals can not exceed 40,000 euros and the decree of the Mayor’s office that regulates the participatory budget establishes that it will be taken into account that they can be carried out by the City Council and not by other administrations or organizations. “The first phase will be open until September 14,” said Ballester.
From September 15 to October 14 will enter the second phase, in which municipal technicians will assess the legal, technical and economic feasibility of each proposal and will be published accepted. From there the people registered in the platform will be able to vote on the finalist proposals and it has been established on November 5 to finalize the project with the fourth and final phase, which will consist in publishing the proposals by voting order.
The mayor of Finance and Citizen Participation has also said that they can also take part in the process “those people who do not have technological means to register on the platform and make proposals, since they can also be done in the voting phase, in person, in the City Council of Redován “. “It is also very important, you can participate with any mobile phone entering the web.”
The mayor of Redován, Emilio Fernández, has been satisfied with the implementation of the Participatory Budget again “because we can not forget that the Municipal Budget is the most important economic tool of a municipal government to show its government action, and in this case to empower the citizen and also be able to propose the improvements he considers appropriate that should be made in his municipality. ”
Fernandez recalled the proposals that were won last year and that have already materialized in part, “it is about the scholarships for conducting professional music studies; the completion of computer courses for adults and the improvement of tennis facilities. ”
Thus, has specified that “although from the City we are very in contact with associations and groups of our municipality, as well as with neighbors in general, we want their ideas are recorded in this platform and that we are all registered in Redován which let’s decide which are the ones our people most need “, Fernández concluded.
The City Council of Redován, represented by the mayor, Emilio Fernández, and the person responsible for the MeteOrihuela project, Pedro José Gómez Cascales, today signed a collaboration agreement in the Consistorio redovanense that will allow the municipality to have official meteorological data through the installed observatory , now just a year ago, at the Sacred Hearts School. The rubric has had as a witness the councilor of Citizen Participation and Transparency, Adrián Ballester, who explained that residents can consult “for a few days on the City Council website the updated weather forecast every day, as well as the a whole week “thanks to the data provided by MeteOrihuela.
The mayor, Emilio Fernandez, has detailed what the agreement consists of, “since the City Council is committed to having the necessary budget for the maintenance of the meteorological observatory that we have in the school, while we will have the reports that Pedro José Gómez will perform when there are episodes of adverse weather or the City Council is interested in dealing with holiday dates, for example, because they are moments in which we all want to know in advance what time it is going to do. ” Fernández was pleased to launch a collaboration “that we have no doubt will be good for Redován, while we will help spread a project that knows all the Vega Baja, started a few years ago by a young from our area, in this case an Oriolan “.
For his part, Pedro José Gómez recalled how a year ago a weather station was installed at Sagrados Corazones School, from which temperature, humidity, dew point, wind speed and wind speed data are collected, “although we have achieved that the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) will also install an official rain gauge there so that the rain data collected can be official throughout Spain. ” Gomez has pointed out that his work in this last year has not been there, but also a pedagogical work has been done with the students of the school and has advanced that “I’m sure it will work, because especially when there are parties or episodes of heavy rains, many people from Redován contact MeteOrihuela to solve their doubts”.
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