Living far from the center: The Region of Murcia

Our autonomous community, used to living far from Madrid and being peripheral, has to learn to organize its own peripheries. An example is the districts of the city of Murcia that are facing a major renovation in recent years – in terms of transport, demanding more public services and ultimately more attention – so as not to become emptied Spain. Another example is the changes that the traditional countryside of the Region is experiencing, where more and more women are speaking. On October 14, the Cadena SER of the Region of Murcia organizes a new forum of emptied Spain in which we will reflect on these two issues.

In the first place we will try to address the Murcia City Council project for the districts. The city of Murcia has a very special format: we are talking about a relatively small urban area surrounded by 51 urban centers called districts that leave us curious contrasts, from the old garden of Murcia, to the countryside on the way to the Mar Menor, passing through the mountains and the most developed coastal towns that are already urbanistically linked to the city but demand more services.

Javalí nuevo has nothing to do with Zeneta, nor Monteagudo with Baños and Mendigo, but all these towns make up the city of Murcia. In recent years thousands of residents have demanded more attention from the city council and now the new local executive has proposed to revitalize the districts. What projects do you have for them?

The mayor of Murcia, Jose Antonio Serrano and several of his councilors take the stage of this Empty Spain forum to respond from there to the demands of residents and representatives of various districts. We want to establish a dialogue between them so that they know what their concerns and concerns are and can reflect on them in real time. In addition to Serrano, they will respond to the questions of these neighbors Mario Gomez, vice mayor and councilor for Infrastructures; and Carmen Fructuoso, Councilor for Sustainable Mobility.

Next we will talk about “The services of the XXI century in the towns far from the center”. We will discuss the challenge of providing good service in cities and towns and that the difference between those who live three blocks from the cathedral and those who live in the most remote village is not noticed. Representatives of five companies dedicated to electricity, water, garbage collection and urban transport will tell us about it. What do citizens need? What new challenges do you face after the pandemic? They will respond to this Cristina Verdú, head of the department of networks of Aguas de Murcia; Antonio Igualada, director of CESPA Servicios Urbanos; Severiano Arias, general director of Tranvía de Murcia; Jose Enrique Pérez, transport manager for Murcia; and Javier Ríos, founding agent of Fenie Energía and President of the Murcia Region Installers Guild.

Finally, on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, we address women’s work in the field but overcoming the stereotypes of “female farmers”. For this, we will have Caruchi Cerezuela, president of the association of swine veterinarians of the Region of Murcia AVEPOMUR; Inés Mataix, Director of INVISA plant biotechnology; and María José Fernández Llamas, PhD in Agricultural Chemistry and co-owner of Negre-T Blue Wines. They will tell us what their role is in regional farms and will encourage other women to become protagonists of this sector that continues to be predominant in rural areas throughout Spain.

The meeting is part of the initiative ‘La España Vaciada’ carried out at the national level by Cadena SER, with the impulse of Fenie Energy, to give voice and visibility to the stories of those who struggle to keep the population centers alive in peripheral areas.

AGENDA OF ‘THE EMPTY SPAIN’

8:30 a.m. DOOR OPENING

9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND INAUGURATION

Macarena Berlin, journalist for Cadena SER.

Jose Antonio Serrano, mayor of Murcia.

Domingo Camacho, director of SER Región de Murcia.

09:30 h. MEETING: THE MURCIA CITY COUNCIL PROJECT FOR LAS PEDANÍAS

José Antonio Serrano, mayor of Murcia.

Mario Gómez, vice mayor and councilor for infrastructure.

Ainhoa ​​Sánchez, councilor for districts and neighborhoods.

Carmen Fructuoso, councilor for sustainable mobility.

Moderate:

Macarena Berlin, Journalist for Cadena SER

10:15 h. COFFEE BREAK

10.30 a.m. TABLE: 21ST CENTURY SERVICES IN VILLAGES AWAY FROM THE CENTER.

They intervene:

Severiano Arias, general manager of Tranvía de Murcia .:

Antonio Igualada, director of CESPA urban services.

Cristina Verdú, head of the department of networks of Aguas de Murcia.

Javier Ríos, founding agent of Fenie Energía and president of the Guild of

Installers from the Murcia Region.

Moderate:

Macarena Berlin, Journalist for Cadena SER.

11.15 DEBATE: WOMEN IN THE FIELD

They intervene:

Caruchi Cerezuela, president of the association of swine veterinarians of the

Region of Murcia AVEPOMUR.

Inés Mataix, director of INVISA plant biotechnology.

María José Fernández Llamas, doctor in agricultural chemistry and co-owner of

Negre-T Blue Wines.

Moderate:

Macarena Berlin, Journalist for Cadena SER.

12.00 SOUND CLOSURE: THE LOST SOUNDS OF THE HUERTA

Manolo Muñoz Zielinski, ethnographer investigating the traditions of the Murcian garden.

Tomás García, ethnographer and musicologist.

Moderate:

Macarena Berlin, Journalist for Cadena SER.

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