Radio-controlled car enthusiasts from all over Europe are coming together these days in Redován to celebrate the 2023 European Championship of this modality in the municipality. The tournament, organised by the RC Redován club together with the European Federation of Radio Controlled Cars (EFRA) and the Spanish Association of Radio Controlled Cars (AECAR), will take place from today until Saturday 2 September on the racing circuit for radio-controlled cars that the host club has on Camino del Cementerio, near the Barrio de San Carlos.
The councillor for Sports of the Redován Town Council, Adrián Ballesta, and the president of the club, Bryan Baldó, attended the inaugural session of this competition this morning, which, as the councillor indicated, “is an opportunity for Redován to appear as a reference point at European and world level, and a key location for all the followers of this hobby”.
Ballesta said that “we are fortunate to have the collaboration of this club and these wonderful facilities, which thanks to their quality have allowed us to host major competitions, such as the previous European Championship and the World Championship in 2022”. The councillor also highlighted the number of riders from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Belgium, who have travelled to Redován to take part in this event, which has a total of 159 participants.
In this way, the councillor indicated that “hosting this type of event, with the participation of so many people, is also a boost for the shops and catering establishments in the municipality, which also benefit from the arrival of these visitors”. For his part, the representative of the RC Redován, Bryan Baldó, pointed out that this is a competition in which “1/8 scale model cars will participate in the ‘off road’ modality for unpaved routes, as is the case of our circuit”. Baldó also highlighted the technical characteristics of the facilities, with 580 linear metres of circuit and more than 4,000 square metres of surface area, “with parking, a restaurant and basic services so that all those attending can enjoy a very exciting competition that is sure to be hotly contested”.
The Town Council of Redován has received today the 17 agricultural laborers who join the municipal staff between July 12th and October 23rd on the basis of the Agreement between the SEPE and the Local Corporations which is developed every year in the municipality. The subsidy for this 2023 amounts to 99,670.50 euros. The Councilor for Training and Employment, Ms. Lidia Belmonte, and the Mayoress, Ms. Nely Ruiz, have received these workers, whose work will be focused on the cleaning and maintenance of ravines, rural roads, La Ermita recreational area, Los Pasos Sports Center, streets and squares of the municipality of Redovan.
The personnel will carry out their work from July 12th to October 23rd on the basis of the SEPE and the Local Corporations Agreement for this year 2023. Lidia Belmonte has highlighted “the importance of the work that these people will do for the maintenance of different places in the municipality”, while indicating that these are unemployed people, so that “from the City Council we favor the creation of jobs, reducing the number of unemployed farmers”. The work will consist, basically, in clearing and cleaning of bushes, bottles and solid waste in the main ravines of the mountain range, and in the improvement and conditioning of rural roads, eliminating the garbage that can be found.
The Mayoress of Redován, Nely Ruiz Peral, accompanied by the members of her government team, has today announced the competencies that each of them will hold for the next four years. These areas have been approved in the Town Council Organisation Plenary which took place yesterday. Ruiz has highlighted the creation of the Department of European Projects which will seek funds to invest in the Town Hall, which will be run by Lidia Belmonte, one of the new additions to the government team, who will also manage the areas of Commerce, Training and Employment and Personnel. José Nájar Chávez will continue to be first deputy mayor and spokesperson for the government team, a task he will share with Marisol Ibáñez, who will also be the second deputy mayor. Both councillors will have practically the same areas as they have had until now, with Nájar in charge of the Presidency, Finance, Contracting and Legal Services, and Marisol Ibáñez in charge of Social Welfare, Equality, Senior Citizens, Women, Children, Public Safety, Emergencies, Police and Traffic. Ramón López Escarabajal, meanwhile, will be councillor for the Environment, Infrastructures and Services, Parks and Gardens and Cemetery, while Clara Ezcurra will manage the areas of Culture, Tourism, Health and Education.
The other two new faces in Nely Ruiz’s team will hold the third and fourth mayoral offices, and in the case of David Ballesta, the departments of Urban Planning, which includes urban development and industrial estates, and Water. Adrián Ballesta will be in charge of the areas of Sports and Youth, thus completing the Redován Town Council government team. The mayoress reserves the competences of Fiestas to carry out the work related to patron saint and neighbourhood fiestas, as well as the coordination of activities with festive associations and the Junta Festera. With regard to the representation of Redovan in the supra-municipal bodies, the titular member in all of them will be Nely Ruiz, who will have as substitutes Clara Ezcurra in the school councils of both the school and the secondary school; Lidia Belmonte as substitute in Convega; Ramón López as substitute in the Consorcio de Extinción de Incendios (Fire Extinction Consortium); David Ballesta as substitute in the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla; Marisol Ibáñez as substitute in the Mancomunidad de Servicios Sociales La Vega; David Ballesta as substitute in the sanitation and purification entity and finally, Nely Ruiz titular and Ramón López substitute in the Consorcio del Plan Zonal de Residuos. The organisation plenary will also be made up of the Urban Planning, Finance and Education commissions, with two members from the PSOE, one from Vox and four from the PP, as well as the Board of Spokespersons, made up of the spokespersons of each municipal group.
The Redován Town Council has renewed the Municipal Corporation. The thirteen councillors who make up the Consistory of Redovan based on the results of the municipal elections of 28 May, have taken office today. It has been in an extraordinary plenary session in which the head of the Popular Party list, Nely Ruiz Peral, has been elected mayor with the eight votes of the PP. The PP have an absolute majority in the Plenary, having won eight councillors at the polls, one more than they had until now. Accompanying Nely Ruiz in this municipal mandate are José Nájar Chávez, Marisol Ibáñez Mazón, Ramón López Escarabajal and Clara Ezcurra Riera, who will repeat in municipal government tasks, together with three new faces: David Ballesta Cartagena, Lidia María Belmonte Manzano and Adrián Ballesta Serna, who are taking up their posts as councillors for the first time. The main opposition group will be the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, which once again has four representatives in the Municipal Corporation, the same number as in the 2019-2023 term. In the case of the PSOE, Miguel Terol Martínez, María Teresa Cartagena Solivella, Francisco Miguel Fuentes Medina and Antonia Tania Escudero Bas will form part of the future municipal group. The number of councillors is completed by the representative of the Vox party, which for the first time achieves municipal representation with María de las Mercedes Murcia Moya. Both the PSOE and Vox voted for their own candidates for mayor in the plenary session of the inauguration. The mayoress, Nely Ruiz, based her speech on thanking “the trust and effort of many Redovan residents who have made it possible for me to be here today in front of you all”, while showing “my gratitude to all Redovan residents for those who have placed their trust in this project, which makes Redován progress and prosper, and to those who, with all legitimacy, have preferred other political options”. She has shown her “loyalty to everyone without exception, because from this moment on I am the mayoress of all of you without distinction”.
Redován Town Council has improved the green area located in Gabriel Miró Street in El Rincón neighbourhood. With an investment of around 12,000 euros, this public space now has a calisthenics area with horizontal stairs, a simple bar, a trellis and parallel bars, repainting of the walls and benches and installation of approved shock-absorbing rubber paving. The mayoress, Nely Ruiz, and the councillor for Parks and Gardens, Ramón López Escarabajal, today visited the result of the work carried out over the last month and a half.
López Escarabajal explained that the Town Hall has paid for part of this work, specifically the decoration of the walls surrounding the park, while the rest is an improvement included in the contract of the company which carries out the maintenance of green spaces in the municipality.
“This is one of the various actions we are carrying out to adapt and improve our parks and gardens based on the needs of the people who use them on a daily basis,” said the councillor. Ramón López recalled that the Redován Town Council has already acted, among others, in the Plaza de la Salud, in the Morrongo neighbourhood, now in El Rincón, “and the next work will be in the children’s play area in the Plaza Miguel Hernández so that, little by little, we can carry out work in all the parks and squares in our town that so many people enjoy every day”.
For her part, the mayor of Redovan emphasised the fact “that the renovation of this park was necessary, as it was in quite a bad state, and it has also been carried out after meeting with the residents of the area and finding out about their concerns and needs, on the basis of which we have proceeded to make this project a reality”.
Redován Town Council has organised the first Grifo Awards gala, which aims to recognise the work of local people and groups. The Councillor for Culture, Clara Ezcurra, whose department has promoted these awards, explained that the idea is that they are born with “a vocation for continuity and as another way of paying tribute to people who, with their daily work, through culture or social causes, improve the quality of life of all those who live in Redován”.
Ezcurra, recalled the dynamic with which these awards were launched. “During 2022, each month has been announced through the social networks of the Town Hall of Redován to each of the winners, so now that 2023 begins what we do is bring them together at a party that will take place this Saturday 28 January at seven in the evening at the Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano, to deliver this award in person”. The councillor added that in 2023 “no new award winners will be named, and we hope that in 2024 they can be reactivated, because there are many people and associations in Redován who deserve it and who cannot be recognised in other competitions such as the one for working women”.
Clara Ezcurra recalled that in January 2022 the first Grifo Award was given to Manuel Miguel Belmonte Heredia, an officer of the Redován Local Police; in February to José Vegara Pozuelo, president and one of the founders of the Redován Mountain Club in 1985. “In both cases these are people who have helped many people, in the case of Manuel in the performance of his work, and in Vegara’s case, in rescues that have taken place in the mountains,” said the councillor.
The Grifo of the month of March goes to Concepción García Guillén, a neighbour involved for many years in the fiestas and traditions of Redovan, while in April the Sagrados Corazones School and its project ‘RedovánPolisGo! The sustainable village’ was the institution that received the award. Another Redovan native who has been very involved for years in the culture and traditions of his town is Miguel Terol, winner of the Grifo Award in May, followed by the recently created Asociación el Árbol de los Sueños (Tree of Dreams Association), dedicated to improving the lives of people with functional diversity. María Teresa Cayuelas, a native of Redovan since 1960, has been collaborating for decades with groups, festivals, organisations such as Caritas and Easter Week, and she is the winner of the Grifo Award for July.
José María Ros Gómez is the Grifo Award for August for his involvement in the sporting life of Redován for decades. Another native of Redovan, in this case “who has carried the name of our town wherever he has gone”, is Miguel Guillén Rufete, Grifo Award for September. Although he has lived abroad for years, first in France and then in Alicante, he has always sung with pride for his town on the stages where he has performed during his long musical career, first with his brothers and later as a soloist.
In October, the Grifo Prize is awarded to Antonio Trigueros Heredia ‘El Majo’, a person involved in social, cultural, associative and sporting life throughout his life, from the fiestas in the Barrio de la Cruz, where he lives, to Easter Week, including the exhibition of hemp work in La Gramaera and the performance of ‘Los Pastores de Belén’, as well as being responsible for forming the Redován Cycling Club
November is the month of music and the Grifo Awards have taken into account the Unión Musical de Redován, one of the main cultural manifestations of the municipality, which is also recognised beyond the borders of Redován. Finally, in December, the Grifo Award goes to the Special Fire Rescue Group of the Provincial Consortium of Alicante, which has carried out various rescues of sportsmen and women who have suffered a mishap in the Sierra de Redován.
The councillor explained some of the details of the gala, including the fact that “all the people taking part are from Redován”. Clara Ezcurra explained that the awards ceremony will be divided into four blocks, in each of which three prizes will be awarded. “To divide them up we have different musical performances, the Unión Musical de Redován, the singers Fátima and Myriam, the Sagrados Corazones School Choir and the singer Gloria Rocamora, accompanied by her family,” she concluded.
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