A law on the Palm Grove that is annoying because it is protectionist

A law on the Palm Grove that is annoying because it is protectionist
A law on the Palm Grove that is annoying because it is protectionist

A Palm Grove Law that is annoying because it is protectionistAxel Alvarez

With what it cost to have a new Palm Grove Law, and how bad it has been since it was approved!! It was in 2021, less than three years ago, and Much of its articulation is still undeveloped.

It is true that the previous City Council He never seemed to have much interest in getting it going. It seems that approving it and not complying with it was enough. Many people have asked themselves, at this time, why it was approved then. It is true that keeping the 1986 law in force was indefensible. It was outdated and, most seriously, since then not only has society’s perception of the protection of orchards changed, but something very important has changed: UNESCO had declared them a World Heritage Site.

Despite this, the management bodies responsible for developing the new law were slow to get going, out of sheer laziness. Precious time was lost, incomprehensibly, in consolidating and advancing the new proposals that the Law contemplated.

It is true that it was with the new City Council that the Law began to develop.. But also that, from the very beginning and especially by the mayor, it has been criticized for a striking issue: It is too protectionist, especially with regard to its protection environment. And, for this reason, has dedicated himself to a crusade to demand that the Law has to be changedgoing so far as to call it absurd. Perhaps what is absurd is for a mayor to oppose one of the most important protection criteria for an asset such as the palm grove.

Let us remember that the palm grove has been declared a World Heritage Site. A distinction that Elx sought and which is voluntary to have. It is not obligatory to be one. You can renounce it. Having it is a pride and a unique distinction, but it also establishes some commitments to protection. It is a whole. You cannot take only the part that interests you. Elx can boast of being a World Heritage Site but also agreed not to apply measures that could damage or undermine that asset. The City Council will have to choose and we will see what UNESCO says.. Risking losing the distinction by reducing protection, in the face of urban interests in the buffer zones, is strong. And citizens will have to weigh up what is best for Elx, not for a particular government team or for some small group of entrepreneurs.

Palm orchards in the heart of Elche

What a coincidence that it is the new Law that is paralyzing hypothetical investments that, coincidentally, seem to be able to be made only in its protection environment.

In addition, the palm grove Not only does it have a protected environment because it is a World Heritage SiteIt is also a BIC, according to the Heritage Law. And there too the protection environments are raised. It is not, therefore, a whim of the Palm Grove Law. They are spaces to preserve the declared asset, not to build on them, as seems to be the intention of the mayor, and of some minority business sector. A world heritage such as the palm grove must be protected, and not put at risk, however attractive its protection environments are for certain interests. Elx, luckily, is very large and, on the other hand, its historical and cultural heritage is not so large.

There is a lot of talk about how beautiful the palm grove is, while work is being done to reduce its protection. There are loves that killWhat a coincidence that it is the new Law that is paralyzing hypothetical investments that, coincidentally, seem to be able to be made only in its protected environment, not to mention the attempt that was made to locate the Congress Palace in the heart of the city. city ​​park to facilitate, as some say, “the development of the city.”

And, if the palm grove is to be defended, in truth and not just in words, it is time for the City Council to approve the Special Protection Plan, as well as the Use and Management Plan, which is required by law, which would clarify the application of the law. After more than a year in office, he’s had enough.

The last thing the palm grove needs is to weaken its protection measures, no matter who asks for it.

 
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