Half a hundred personalities ask to bury the Hard Rock project
«We do not want a hotel in the shape of an electric guitar to be the symbol of Camp de Tarragona, nor do we want to be the national headquarters for gambling and gambling. We have to look to the future and build a movement that guides change in the territory." In this way, the Aturem Hard Rock platform rejects the tourism and leisure macro-complex projected on the grounds of the CRT in Vila-seca and Salou through a manifesto that was made public yesterday and that fifty personalities from all over Catalonia have endorsed.
These are numbers linked to politics, culture, activism or the academic world. Among them are politicians linked to ERC, such as the deputies in Parliament Jenn Díaz and Rubén Wagensberg or the former president of the party in the Camp de Tarragona, Ferran Civit. Other politicians such as Laia Estrada, Anna Gabriel, David Fernández or Jessica Albiach have also signed the document, along with other numbers such as Jordi Borràs, Albano Dante Fachín, Luis Gavaldá, Joan Reig, Juan Magrané, Jordi Martí, Eudald Carbonell, Sergi Saladié, José Mansilla or Antonio Russo.
The text prepared by the platform opposed to the macro-complex insists that "it is not a necessary project for the Camp territory", and that its implementation "will only lead to more economic, labor and social inequalities and will cause a serious environmental impact". Among the arguments, the group's spokesman, Eloi Redón, put forward the pressure that this resort would bring about the consumption of resources such as water, as well as "the serious repercussions for the mental health of the Camp workers", in relation to a possible increase in compulsive gambling.
The manifesto was opened to the public yesterday and in the first hours it got nearly 200 supporters. These signatures will later be presented to the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability and the Presidency of the Generalitat "so that they take us into account," Redón claims. The collective has also announced that it is preparing an action for December 19, with a round table in Tarragona to commemorate the ten years of the fight against investment announced in 2012.
They propose allocating the 120 MEUR of INCASUELO to change the economic model of the territory
The manifesto demands the immediate withdrawal of the Hard Rock project or any other similar one and calls for "the construction of an alternative to the tourist model of the Costa Daurada." In this sense, it proposes allocating the 120 million euros of the sale and purchase operation that INCASÒL has reserved "to change the socioeconomic model of the Camp regions."
From the collective they emphasize the job insecurity that, they consider, this investment would entail and consider it "an urgency" to promote a change in the economic model. "Between 2009 and 2019, the Costa Daurada has gone from receiving 2 to 5 million tourists annually, while the purchasing power of its neighbors has decreased," they warn. In this line, they exemplify that, "despite the fact that Salou concentrates more than 40% of the total overnight stays on the Costa Daurada, it is the most touristed municipality and with the lowest family income in the territory."
Litigation against the PDU
After being delayed by the negative report from the Acció Climàtica department, Aturem Hard Rock believes that final approval of the PDU modification could come at the next Camp de Tarragona Territorial Urbanism Commission, scheduled for December 14. If that happens, they have already advanced that they will prepare a new administrative dispute to defend their claims before the courts. "What will they do then? Will they again throw thousands and thousands of euros into a project that has been dragging on for ten years and that has already been shown to be a failure?
However, sources from the Ministry of Territories denied the Daily That is the date on which the document will be approved. In this sense, they pointed out that work is still being done on the preparation of the necessary reports and that the content of the PDU will have to be retouched later. That is why, one month from now, in almost all probability the final green light for planning would not arrive in 2022.