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The City Council of Caravaca definitively approves the ordinance that regulates the use of the Marqués Fountains and guarantees their protection (09/05/2018)

The new ordinance contains the guidelines for a more rational and respectful management

The City Council of Caravaca de la Cruz sets in motion a specific municipal ordinance that regulates the protection and sustainable use of the Fuentes del Marqués.

The text, finally approved in the last plenary session, combines the right of citizens to enjoy this natural site of municipal ownership, with the duty of the local administration to ensure its preservation, guaranteeing its legacy to future generations.

The ordinance presented by the Government team has included most of the allegations presented by the Municipal Group of the United Left and by the Association for the Defense of Nature 'Caralluma' and has been approved with the favorable votes of the Socialist and Left Party United and the abstention of the Popular Party and Citizens.

This regulation aims to avoid alterations or degradations in this environment of exceptional scenic beauty.

In this sense the councilor who directs the area of ​​Environment, Enrique Fuentes, has indicated that "a series of measures for the management and use of natural resources are established, while providing a zoning of space, depending on the uses that can accommodate. "

"To ensure public awareness and compliance, information panels will be installed and various citizen communication actions will be carried out," the mayor explained.

The ordinance includes a series of guidelines for a more rational and respectful management, defining the infractions and typifying their corresponding sanctions.

Thus, in order to make public use compatible with the objectives of protection and conservation, the following areas are defined, specifying the uses that can be made in each of them: reserve area (where the most fragile elements concur, such as springs and bodies of water, as well as their channels and vegetation associated with them), a conservation area (where less disturbed terrestrial environments predominate, where natural habitats and wild species are conserved). The Copo and the lands with natural vegetation located to the south of the place, also include the secondary ditches) and zone of compatible uses (divided in the recreational, agricultural and equipment areas).

Among the measures contemplated by the new ordinance are the prohibitions of camped or overnight in caravan;

the application of phytosanitary products that are harmful to the environment;

the bath of people or animals;

the introduction of own furniture, the realization of fire or the use of reproducers or amplifiers of sound that can cause an inconvenience to the fauna or the visitors.

Likewise, it limits other uses such as the entry of buses without prior authorization, the installation of stalls and any commercial activity without requesting permission in advance or the beginning or end of races or other sports competitions, allowing the transit of them only for the areas of compatible uses.

The ordinance includes penalties of a mild (from 30 to 300 euros), serious (301 to 1,500 euros) and very serious (from 1,501 to 3,000 euros).

In the last ordinary plenary session, the urban planning agreement between the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council and several owners was also approved to replace the legal duty of assignment of urban development for the payment of a cash amount in the Non-structural Specific Modification No. 78 of the General Planning Plan of Caravaca de la Cruz on "Change of Alignments and Land Qualification in Barrio Nuevo", as well as the rectification of the Catalog of Rural Roads, with the incorporation of 10 new public roads that were not inventoried.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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