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Huerta Viva warns that the Bancal highway is an attack on the Huerta (09/02/2018)

The association joins the demands of the Santomera platform against the highway and has submitted a written plea requesting a respectful alternative to the fertile plain of Segura.

For the association Huerta Viva the announcement of the project of the Bancal highway, which must be added the layout of the AVE and the construction of the first section of the Reguerón highway, is an environmental disaster and a serious threat to the survival of the garden of Murcia.

La Huerta is a historic agrarian territory of great value that is within the 100 cultural landscapes of Spain according to the Heritage Institute of the Ministry of Culture.

After the urban boom and thanks to social pressure, some administrations had begun to talk about protection and recovery, but the announcement of this type of infrastructure based on projects of 14 years ago throws out any hope, since it is about works that divide the territory and entail a great environmental and landscape impact for Huerta, as well as indirectly affecting areas declared LIC and ZEPA, such as the Humedal del Pantano de Santomera and the Sierra de Orihuela.

Huerta Viva believes that there is no point in talking about recovery and, on the other hand, launching projects such as the Bancal and Reguerón dual carriageways, which were drafted when there was no awareness and La Huerta was a mere space for urban expansion and the development of infrastructures.

Currently we have learned the importance of preserving the agrarian environment of Murcia to ensure food sovereignty and fight against desertification and climate change, being necessary for different administrations to agree to respect it.

In addition, the projects of these infrastructures do not contemplate the advances and new regulations in environmental and landscape policies that have arisen during these 14 years, such as the European Landscape Convention, the Royal Decree of Floodplains or the General Directives on Green Infrastructures indicated by the European Commission.

From the point of view of cultural heritage, the project has not taken into account the safeguarding of the Council of Good Men, in whose declaration as Intangible Heritage of Humanity warned that the construction of infrastructure was one of the greatest threats to destroy and distort the agricultural land to which this customary court of medieval origin is linked.

The construction of the highway of the Bancal supposes the destruction of 250 hectares of fertile ground in front of the only 7,000 hectares of irrigated land that we are currently in the Huerta, therefore it is a project of great impact that contradicts the acquired commitments months by the municipality of Murcia and the Regional Assembly to defend the huerta of Murcia and other historical agrarian territories of the Region.

To all this we must add that the construction of these highways, due to their impact on agriculture, the environment and the landscape, means mortgaging other economic opportunities linked to the good conservation of the environment.

For Huerta Viva, projects like these would be unthinkable in other cultural landscapes of Europe such as Tuscany in Italy or the Loire Valley in France, and trust that the Directorate General of Roads will be sensitive to the hundreds of allegations and signatures collected against this project, and start to work in a participatory way in an alternative project compatible with the good conservation of our natural and agricultural environment.

Source: Huerta Viva

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