The Construction Guild asks for "great consensus" to approve the POUM

The Tarragonés Construction Guild appeals to the need for "great consensus" with a view to the approval of the new Municipal Urban Development Plan (POUM) that will mark the future of the city in the coming years. "We need large majorities of 24 or 25 councillors, as on the previous occasion, not nine", affirmed the president of the group, Joan Romeowho lamented that in urban matters simple majorities only serve to "throw the dishes over their heads". Romeu made the statements in the framework of the debate What do we want for Tarragona?the first colloquium organized by the Gremi, at the gates of the approval of the first draft of the POUM, scheduled for the end of this month of October.

The growths will mark the debate of the POUM, which will be one of the themes of the campaign

The meeting served to verify that the future growth of the city will mark the debate and that within this sector the majority voices that participated in the act were critical of the proposal of the current government team, which advocates the urban development of the Great Horta and the environment of the Francolí. "Growing towards Ponent is more of an imposition than a decision designed for the citizen," said promoter Antonio Garcia, who is one of the promoters of the project for the Budellera. In fact, this was one of the sectors that was talked about the most, along with the land along the river, two plans that feed the debate on whether to grow towards Ponent or Llevant and that are the example of two city models that right now Everything indicates that they are far from approaching their positions. In this regard, the Construction Guild does not pronounce itself, since it ensures that it represents the different positions. Despite this, Garcia brought up the drill for a chemical accident that will take place on November 2 and that will only affect the residents of the neighborhoods closest to the industry. "And that's where the City Council bets to live," he said.

«Growing towards Ponent is more of an imposition than a decision designed for the citizen»

Discomfort with the Generalitat

Among the participants it was also possible to feel discomfort over the Urban Master Plan for Non-Sustainable Soils promoted by the Generalitat and that from the outset focused on avoiding large urban macroprojects. "We must move towards a pact and not let them govern us from Barcelona, ​​because in the end the one that has decided on the Budellera is the Generalitat," said Mireia Casamitjana, an urban planning lawyer. An affirmation that was found to be supported by the public, among whom were some of the owners of the land in this area, who lamented that «Mr. Serra –referring to the general director of Territorial Planning of the Generalitat– cannot Catalonia that he wants.

Casamitjana defended that the POUM should serve to "design a more pleasant city for the citizen" and "fix" the main artery, such as the Rambla Nova for boost business in the city. Likewise, he pointed to a third objective such as "allowing the construction of official protection housing in different places."

The manager of the Official Chamber of Urban Property, Héctor Ruana, who acted as host yesterday, appealed to the need to a "well-sized housing stock that allows us to meet the demand we have", avoiding the "flight" of citizens to neighboring towns such as Vila-seca and La Pobla de Mafumet. "The challenge is enormous," he said. And, in this sense, he exposed some of the data according to which the increase in rental prices in the city has reached 10% in recent times.

Time is short

Ruana was one of the main defenders that «the POUM requires consensus». And, in this sense, he appealed to "run away from short-term interests" to try to approve this document in three years, which is the period of validity of the transitory urban regulations, instead of the thirteen that it took on the previous occasion.

"We must move towards a pact and not let them govern us from Barcelona"

The fourth of the participating speakers was the architect Saül Garreta. "The debate about whether or not to grow is simplistic," he said. This claimed the "complex Tarragona" that requires a great "social" agreement to define its future. "For the city to prosper, all the actors must find their space," he said. Likewise, he emphasized the need to address aspects such as the new mobility and the climate change through the new POUM, which he defended as an "opportunity" for the city.

"I understand that changing the rules of the game generates frustration," he told the audience in reference to the annulment of the 2013 plan. However, Garreta believes that the current situation "should not be seen as a confrontation between one and the other" but as a mechanism to strengthen the public-private collaboration and that allows an agreement to be established so that energy communities can be promoted in Tarragona that «allow the benefit of the citizen and economic activity».

"A good deal never leaves either party satisfied"

"A good pact never leaves any of the parties satisfied," Garreta concluded. What is clear is that there are still many pages to be written about this new POUM, which has to be approved at a forced march and will have to advance against all odds, since this will be one of the issues that will mark the next electoral campaign.

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