Open Forum for A.I.M.
Jill Attfield / 2005-07-04 15:29:24
The rear patio was full last Tuesday at the Bar Maru, Urb Oasis when the The Association Independant Mediterraneo (A.I.M.) held an open forum in order to address the topics of Security, Health and Retirement Activities.
On the subject of security two local Guardia Civil officers had been invited to offer advice and help. President Manuel Barrera joined them on the platform to translate from Spanish into English for the non speaking Spanish members of the club.
First to speak was an officer from the Guardamar and San Fulgencio area who dealt with security in the home, on the beach and of course regarding the snatching of ladies handbags. He suggested various ways to help to limit the amount of crime including making sure that your mail is collected by a neighbour if you are away from your home for a few days, not to keep pin numbers along side credit cards and not to leave things of value in your car when leaving it to spend time on the beach. "Although you may not see anyone you can be sure that they will see you", he continued. He advised ladies to keep their handbags in front and not on their shoulders.
The second Guardia Civil officer, the coordinator of the Vega Baja in charge of beaches from La Marina to Torre/Pilar de la Horadada and every thing in between, confirmed the suggestions from the previous officer and said that although we have to be vigilant we must also remember that we should relax and have a nice life, but still 'think'. Don't speak too easily about private affairs to your friends and neighbours. He also confirmed that the drug situation on La Marina is getting better and there are now fewer drugs than at some other places nearby. There will be more Guardia Civil presence in the Guardamar office during the summer and if a Denuncia is needed then please list everything at home rather than trying to remember it in detail when actually filling in the report.
On the subject of health, although the local doctor had been invited and accepted, he failed to turn up.
Some members asked questions about waste land near to their homes in calle Azarin where tipping is taking place and Vice President Dave Cooper said that a protest needs to be sent to the town hall, in Spanish, for action to be taken. E111 cards, cheaper rail tickets for pensioners, postal delivery problems were all subjects that were questioned.
Just before the open forum came to a conclusion three visitors, representatives from the San Fulgencio 'Pensionistas Club', their first visit in the twenty years of the existence that members of the club have been to La Marina took the platform along side Manuel. They spoke of special travel discounts, the availability of 'cultura' cards, pensionista cards, cheaper holidays for people over 60 years of age and of the 'Pensionista's' Bar in the village of San Fulgencio which is situated between the 'Ayuntamiento' and the Church, on the main plaza.
The association is fully independent and the Committee is unpaid. A.I.M. advocate integration rather than segregation or confrontation and will be organizing social events such as Lamb Roasts, Beach Parties, Barbecues and coach trips for all.
This association was formed to cover the urbanizations of La Marina, Oasis, La Escuera, La Pesquera and San Fulgencio, of which many of the members also belong to the 'Residents and Home Owners' of La Marina and the La Marina Neighbourhood Watch.
The committee members are President Manuel Barrera, Vice President David Cooper, Chairman Andy Purdy, Secretary John Hutchings, Treasurer Ray Scott, Social Secretary Norrie Stainton, Publicity officer Robert Pessell, Andrea Carter, Ian Rose and Terry Hardway
All nationalities are welcome, and the annual subscription is just €6 per house.
For further details please phone Dave Cooper on 966797875 or email John Hutchings on AIM@la-escuera.com