IN ITS sixth year this year, the Programa Municipal de Pressupostos Participatius (‘Municipal Participatory Budgeting Program’) of Pedreguer has allocated nearly €1.3 million to resident proposed projects since 2012.
The pioneering initiative has gained traction year after year, establishing itself as a tool to promote the direct involvement of residents in the municipality in making decisions regarding local public policies.
In the past five years, projects proposed by residents include:
• The construction of the bridge over the barranc del Marx
• The skate track
• The planting of more trees
• The pista coberta de l’institut
• Recovery and restoration of trails
• The refurbishment of the playground near the school
• The climbing wall
• The purchase a van to provide transport for disabled residents
Other projects, such as the placement of a cover over the placa de l’Amistat, are currently in progress.
Last year, more than 600 residents took part in the voting process.
Once again, the process is divided into two main phases:
First, the public collection of proposals, which ends on May 22. Proposals can be submitted online or in by hand to any of the mailboxes in the municipal buildings.
Once the municipal technical services have assessed the proposals, a public assembly will be called to select the proposals that will be subject to public vote and included in the municipal budget for 2016.
Participation in the program is open to all and couldn’t be simpler. Check out www.pedreguerparticipa.com for more information.