Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A first tentative step

I don’t need to tell you that, apart from agriculture, construction formed the major industry in the Vega Baja. When the economic crisis loomed, it was construction that was hardest hit and that had a devastating impact on the region. With the crisis, the exchange rate between the Euro and Sterling dropped which dealt a double whammy to the all important UK market. Of all the European countries, Spain was and continues to be the hardest hit by the crisis.

Slowly there are signs of a recovery; building sites that have remained idle for the last couple of years are coming back to life. There is a long way to go though before Spain gets anywhere near to the boom years when they could not build fast enough to meet demand.

To try and move forward, the construction industry in the region has decided to re-evaluate itself. To this end, constructors, mayors and experts in the industry held a meeting in the Auditorium in Bigastro which was presided over by our own mayor, Raúl Valerio Medina. Representatives from all 27 municipalities were there along with those from the various associations linked to construction.

Following the initial meeting, there are two further meetings planned for the 14th and 27th of May where hopefully they will bring some ideas to the table. Quite what they will be is anybodies guess. They say that two heads are better than one. If that is true then many heads coming together should prove to be productive.

Apart from considering the type of housing to build and the use of new materials etc., I hope they will find the means to prevent any further instances where people buy houses in good faith only to find themselves either without proper supplies of water and electricity or worse still in a battle to get their homes legalised. I am sure that those issues have done more to damage the confidence of buyers of all nationalities than anything else. Unless that confidence is restored, any new houses that they build will just sit as empty as the ones that are already there.

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