PSD deputies present a legislative package with eight projects for the Algarve

Cristóvão Norte and José Carlos Barros, Algarve deputies of the PSD, announced today the presentation of a legislative package, on matters […]

Cristóvão Norte and José Carlos Barros, Algarve deputies of the PSD, announced today the presentation of a legislative package, on matters related to the Algarve, consisting of eight draft resolutions. The announcement took place on the sidelines of the PSD Parliamentary Days, which are taking place in Albufeira.

The proposals have as their theme the new hospital in the Algarve – calling on the deputies to “reinstate the priority of infrastructure in the future generation of hospitals in the country” -, the requalification of the EN 125 in the Olhão-Vila Real de Santo António section and suspension of charging for the A22 during the works, on the sections corresponding to the areas under construction, the connection of the railway to the airport of Faro, which «was foreseen by the previous Government and was withdrawn from the options by the current one», the revision of the Planning Plan of the Natural Park of Costa Vicentjna and Sudoeste Alentejano, the advance of the intervention in the Port of Portimão, in order to allow the tripling of the number of cruise passengers to disembark, the taking of measures to defend shellfishing and shellfish harvesting, activities that have been hampered by successive interdictions due to the presence of toxins, the completion of the irrigation system in Silves, Lagoa and Portimão, through the connection to the Fennel reservoir – there are "700 farmers affected by the impasse" - and also, in the area of ​​culture, a draft resolution on the shortage of human resources in the Sagres Fortress, "necessary to respond to requests" from visitors .

Cristóvão Norte considered that «this is the most complete legislative package that has been presented on the Algarve in Parliament».

The Social Democrat deputy adds that the package “deals with structural matters, presents concrete solutions and is strictly aligned with the concerns of the Algarve. It is an excellent opportunity for us to do more for the Algarve. It would be good, and very useful, for the other political forces to build proposals on these issues so that we can move forward».

About a new hospital, issue that was addressed yesterday by Pedro Passos Coelho, president of the PSD, during his visit to the Hospital of Faro, the deputy Cristóvão Norte assumes: «we all know the urgency of a new hospital. It has been planned since 2005 – Socrates laid the first stone – but it has never seen the light of day. The problem is that the Government has entered four new hospitals in the Budget. The Algarve is not one of them. This is unacceptable, since the technical studies undertaken by all governments place the Algarve in second place. The order of priorities has to be reset. The new hospital will be decisive in attracting human resources, particularly doctors. It should move forward when possible, but not be overlooked by others less needed».

As for the EN125, the deputy explained that it is “very important to launch the requalification of the stretch of the EN125 between Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António. In 2016, it did not advance, as the Government cut public investment».

The Algarve parliamentarian adds: “We support this work. When carried out, the Government must suspend the tolls on the sections corresponding to the intervened ones. He didn't do it now out of stubbornness, with unnecessary and intolerable costs for the Algarve. In the future, it has to be different».