The Local Board of Public Safety has agreed, with extraordinary character, the proposal of the mayor, Juan José Cánovas, to authorize the carrying out of vegetable fires, with some conditions, next January 7 coinciding with the celebration of the pilgrimage of Santa Eulalia To his sanctuary.
The first mayor and Councilor for Citizen Security, Agustín Gonzalo Martínez, gave an account of the agreements adopted at the meeting, which included representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Government Delegation, Local Police, Civil Guard, Civil Protection , Firefighters, environmental agents and the councilors involved of the municipal government.
The Mayor will dictate a side in the coming days in which he will communicate to the citizens the established conditions and the procedure for the realization of the vegetable fires that allow to cook the typical dishes with wood in the surroundings of the sanctuary of the Santa.
The requirements are to make a responsible declaration of a person by peña or group before or the same day of the pilgrimage that would be responsible, between 7:00 and 10:00 pm, to put out the embers and proceed to clean the environment in The one that realizes the fire.
Those interested can make the responsible declaration before in the Council of Celebrations of the City of Totana, or the same day of the pilgrimage with the collaboration of Civil Protection volunteers.
In addition, as a preventive measure and in order to ensure the safety and control of visitors, other risk areas will also be limited to prevent fires and will prohibit the access of vehicles to some areas that will be properly signposted To prevent parking.
Civil Protection, Local Police and municipal cleaning services will also increase, adding to the increase in environmental agents that will be displayed by the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and the Environment, as already announced.
The areas authorized for the realization of fires will be conveniently signaled and communicated to all participants in the pilgrimage, and it is planned to publish informative and educational material that will be distributed among the participants.
On December 8th, on the occasion of the procession of descent of the Patron of Totana, following instructions from a resolution of the Autonomous Community, only vegetable fires were authorized in the zones enabled with barbecues of work in the places of "El Ãngel "and" El Grifo ", so that outside of these spaces it was strictly forbidden to carry out vegetable fires in the open air due to the pilgrimages.
Exceptionally and exclusively, it was allowed to use gascamps outside the areas established to cook the traditional dishes in the pilgrimages, which caused great discontent and discontent among the population of Totana by this restrictive regulation.
The Mayor of Totana called for the enjoyment of the pilgrimage combined with the responsibility of caring in the natural environment preserving the integrity of the environment.