The PSOE candidate for Mayor of Macael, Carmen Moreno Pastor, has regretted that the municipality has lost 1,000 inhabitants in the twelve years of government of the Popular Party, “something that is only attributable to the apathy and inability of its mayor and the exhausted project that he represents”. In this sense, Moreno Pastor has advanced that the socialist candidacy that he heads is committed to a council that works for and by its neighbours, that puts an end to depopulation and that offers housing and employment opportunities to its young people, while taking care of its elderly and promoting the development of local commerce and industry. “We want our children to find a town where they want to stay and live because it continues to grow and prosper,” she said.
According to the PSOE candidate, the town of Macael has grown when it has had socialist mayors at the head of the Town Hall, “social leaders who promoted the Industrial Park that enabled the growth of our companies or who urbanised the neighbourhood of La Viña, through the Villa de Macael Society, with more than 200 VPO homes and offering the possibility of having affordable housing at the best price to our young people who, in this way, stayed to live in our town”. Thus, she has advanced that, if they return to government after 28 May, the socialists are committed to promote subsidised housing again by buying or renting for young people, “so that the population is fixed to the municipality”.
On the other hand, the socialist candidate has announced that her government will launch the first Youth Cultural Space in Macael and a plan to recover the historic centre, acquiring dilapidated houses that can be used to widen streets, create parking areas, and undertaking the rehabilitation of others to live in, “adapting their environment and beautifying it”.
According to Moreno Pastor, “Macael needs a big boost to revitalise its economy, as currently the Industrial Estate is half empty, there are very few quarries in operation and they are becoming less profitable”. As for commerce, he lamented that “for every business that opens, three close, in addition to the fact that tourism has not taken off and there is no work for women”.
For this reason, he said, the Town Council will help to set up cooperatives related to auxiliary marble companies to provide work for women in the municipality, reduce the tax burden and provide tax relief for new companies that set up in the Industrial Estate, as well as giving advice to young entrepreneurs who want to open new businesses.
As for measures aimed at the elderly, the Socialist candidate announced the promotion of a Day Centre in the municipality in collaboration with associations that have this service “so that our elderly do not have to leave Macael”. In the same way, she is committed to promoting local services and home help “so that active and healthy people can grow old in their own environment, promoting policies to promote personal autonomy”.