Orihuela’s coastal councillor, Sofia Alvarez, has had her full local powers and title restored, just a few weeks after the new council led by mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, had watered down her responsibilities.

The move comes on the back of recent meetings between the  Federación de Asociaciones de Orihuela Costa and Sofia Alvarez who produced a list of 45 things that needed doing urgently in the area including calls for better cleaning services and infrastructure developments.

The ruling Partido Popular in turn pledged to deal with some of the problems as a matter of urgency, including the criticisms about the lack of cleanliness in the area.

The coastal councillor’s responsibilities were reduced and centralised in Orihuela City after the new PP-led administration took control after May’s local elections, with Alvarez having the title of councillor for Beaches, Tourism, International residents and Urban transport.

The council says that the aim of the move is to provide better access to local services for the Orihuela Costa, as well as improving the structure of the organisation and the actual service they get.

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