“A lot of people live here all year round and we feel abandoned”
The urban development that the Costa Daurada experienced during the second half of the 20th century spread throughout the territory a series of neighborhoods and residential developments that dot different areas of our coastline. They are isolated nuclei that, on some occasions, were born as private urbanisations, but which are part of large municipalities such as Cambrils, Salou, Torredembarra, Mont-roig del Camp or L'Hospitalet de l'Infant. Nuclei that are far from the historical population centers, which causes added difficulties for the management of the town councils. For its inhabitants, however, it represents a comparative offense and a deficit in matters such as the services they receive, cleaning or maintenance in their streets.
In some cases, the conservation of these areas is not the direct responsibility of the consistories, since they are urbanizations that are not yet received by the municipalities and whose maintenance is in limbo. That is what happens in the area of Ponent de Cambrils, beyond La Llosa, in urbanizations such as Mar Cambrils or El Dorado. In the streets of these residential areas, with a large presence of holiday homes, problems with the public trees, which have grown a lot, as well as with the asphalt or pavement of the sidewalks, are common. Although the council would not be obliged, the neighbors ask that maintenance be carried out while they pay taxes for their homes as in the rest of the city.
The lack of investment in its streets is something that has also been claimed for a long time in Cap Salou. "There are many problems. The whole area is abandoned, streets without sidewalks, others in poor condition... Cleanliness and good maintenance of the forests are lacking. This summer that has been so hot, having dry and dirty forests is a great fire hazard. It is nonsense to have all this natural wealth and that everything is so neglected, ”explains a neighbor of the neighborhood, Virgínia Martínez.
Safety, however, has become the main concern for the inhabitants of Cap Salou. Beyond the incivility that they have always suffered, from the neighborhood they explain that this summer they have suffered a wave of robberies in homes like never before, for which they demand a greater police presence.
On the other hand, Virginia criticizes the lack of facilities in the neighborhood. "We pay a lot of taxes, but we don't have any public services or facilities," she says. In this sense, she assures that “we have a beautiful pavilion, but it is not open to the neighbors. It is used by clubs that do not have space in the other pavilions of the town and it is filled with cars from people who come from outside, "he explains, while criticizing the lack of use of Els Triangles, the civic center that was built next to Cala Crancs. Another of the cyclical requests that are made from the neighborhood is to be able to have a school, something that the Generalitat denied in its day, despite the fact that the council has already ceded the land.
Another added inconvenience for the residents of the Cap are the poor communications with the rest of the municipality. «Urbanistically, the neighborhood is the same as it was 50 or 60 years ago. We have one way in and one way out and, if you come across the tourist train in the summer, you no longer get to the places”, exemplifies Virginia. As for public transport, he criticizes that "it is very thought of tourists, with many combinations and lines that go to the Barcelona airport, but for the residents to go to some points in Salou, there is no choice but to take the car" . Although it may not seem like it, many people live here throughout the year. We not only exist for tourism, we feel abandoned, "claims this neighbor.
neighbors get organized
Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant is another of the towns that has numerous population centers scattered throughout the municipal term. One of them is the Vanessa Park urbanization, located between the motorway and the T-318 road. There are nearly 140 residents registered there, which makes it the third most populous nucleus after L'Hospitalet and Vandellòs. After years of demands for improvements to the urbanization, now its neighbors have just formed an association to have a voice that represents them all before the town hall.
At the moment, its president is Sergio Sánchez, who explains that "what we want is that they take us into account and be able to have a communication, because claims have always been made individually, but it seems that they do not arrive." The urbanization worked privately until about 15 years ago, when the town hall took over its management. «Since then they have been claiming the same things every so often. There has been a lot of negligence on the part of the consistory », he laments.
The most urgent matter is the sewage treatment plant that exists in the urbanization. The City Council approved an item of 81,000 euros in the 2022 budget to fix it, but apparently the investment will not arrive until next year. «The sewage treatment plant is almost abandoned, without light, without functioning. It works like a septic tank and a tanker truck has to come to empty it. It is very serious and the city council should have taken action on the matter a long time ago, ”Sánchez denounces.
Other problems that the neighborhood drags and that they will present to the City Council are, for example, the lack of street cleaning, the review of the fire perimeter, the poor condition of the sidewalks or the collection of garbage. In this sense, from the entity they regret that the pruning containers have been removed and that of the three batteries of underground containers that exist, only one is operational.
"We are not asking for a municipal swimming pool, but at least for the streets to be in good condition," says the president of the Vanessa Park Urbanization Veïns Association. They also hope that the birth of the association will also serve so that the council mediates with higher administrations to tackle other historical problems, such as the installation of screens to reduce the noise generated by the AP-7 or the arrival of supplies such as natural gas.
Street cleaning, other duties
The lack of hygiene in the street is the main point that generates controversy in Torredembarra. A problem that worsens as one moves away from the urban core. In fact, social networks are full of complaints, especially focused on the Els Munts area, where several neighbors say that “we have been enduring dirt for four years. We are tired of notifying the City Council ». In fact, an affected person on Fonoll Street claimed that the asphalt of the streets was completely covered by the pine needles of the trees for weeks and that "we haven't seen City Hall staff cleaning the street for months."
But this lack of cleanliness is not only focused on the Els Munts area. A neighbor of Clarà assures that in the streets of the urbanization there is also a significant lack of hygiene, although she admits that "door-to-door collection works very well." Surprisingly, what this neighbor does miss until barely a month ago is the lack of WiFi in the area: «It arrived at the end of summer. It looks incredible », she explains.