“Tired of promises, we don’t vote”

“Tired of promises, we don’t vote”
“Tired of promises, we don’t vote”
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“We feel abandoned and we are tired of the usual promises of the institutions. Next 25 September we will not go to vote”. This is the thought that some residents of the Aquaviva district, the populous district behind the Caserta railway station which has about 20 thousand inhabitants, express a Casertanews.

The denied neighborhood

A neighborhood that today more than ever seems to be even more divided from the capital city from which it is separated by a level crossing. A separation that has become physical a few weeks since, following the rains that hit Caserta, the pedestrian underpass that connects via Acquaviva with via De Martino was closed by the firefighters for safety reasons. Too many damages suffered by plasterboard false ceilings. Thus it becomes impossible to pass to the other side if not passing on the railway tracks.

Bumpy sidewalks, abandoned greenery and urban landfills

A problem that is added to the others that the residents experience every day. From the rough sidewalks in via Acquaviva to the pruned trees that appear increasingly “heavy” under the foliage. “This broken branch on the sidewalk has been there for more than a month”, explains Antonio Amato, resident in via Trento. “It fell during thunderstorms and was never removed.” Then “there are 15 blocked drains and with each rain this area is flooded”. Also in via Bari there is a large pool of water but it does not depend on bad weather. “The water from the taps is conveyed into the wells and ends up in the street”, explains Antonio. Also in via Trento, a torn waste basket was placed on a light pole and tied with iron wire.

In the villa between via Acquaviva and via Trento, then, there is decay. The roots of the trees have ripped up the pavement and are blocking the only manhole present. Furthermore, there are no slopes for the disabled to access the urban park. “That lady in a wheelchair sees her. You have to help the caregiver get on and off to stay cool here for a while. Even the pedestrian crossings are cleared.” The public fountain is also closed. “I personally replaced the tap but it broke again – explains Maurizio Amato – Then the company came and instead of fixing it closed the stop key. If a person needs water or has to be rescued, how do we do it?” he wonders.

It’s still. Also in via Trento there is waste on the street, some of which are very dangerous for safety. “There are glass panes – says Anna Orlando – Nearby is the middle school and the children pass by. They push themselves, they walk in groups. What do you expect to remove them, for someone to get hurt?”. Clogged garbage and drains also represent a problem from a health point of view: “We are full of mice – Anna says – We haven’t done a rodent control for some time”.

At night it becomes the drug store district

Problems that also affect safety in the evening. “Many street lamps don’t work – says Anna – In the evening we are in the dark and besides the danger of tripping over holes and bumpy pavement tiles, there is little safety”. Over the years, the area of ​​the first stretch of via Acquaviva has often risen to the forefront of the news for being a shop square that has extended its interests to the heart of the capital. A situation that, despite the various police operations in recent years, would still continue, especially in the evening and night hours when the hustlers can enjoy the cover given by the dark for their illicit business.

“We are abandoned. We will not go to vote”

The conditions of the neighborhood and the redevelopment projects are constantly subject to public discussion, especially during the election period. The posters in the spaces intended for propaganda around the “denied” villa in via Avellino represent platicly the disconnection of politics from the real needs of local communities. “We are now disappointed by politics and institutions at all levels – explain the residents – During the electoral period they come, listen to us and explain their projects to us but then after taking the votes they never come back here. We are tired of the promises made by the right and left. On 25 September we think we are not going to vote. They do not deserve our vote. ”


The PinQua and the concerns of the residents

Despite everything, some hope still remains. Social realities were born that are planning a different future for this area. A comparison that has led to a real “masterplan from below”, as they define it in these parts.

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A new opportunity would exist from the PinQua funds but the approximately 14.5 million for the quality of the living include various works – including an “underground parking” between via Feudo San Martino and via Adige for about 6 million – which are considered by residents “useless” to improve their daily liveability, or at least “little impact”. The inhabitants between via Acquaviva and via Trento are pushing for the redevelopment of courtyards and public buildings (for the latter an opportunity would come from the superbonus but the process is rather complex) but the Municipality after an initial opening would be delaying to include in the projects the redevelopment of those spaces, which should return to public availability first (currently owned by Acer).

A delay that has raised the concerns of residents. A cry of pain that was welcomed by the Church, with the Bishop who summoned all the actors involved to set up an institutional table for the “Redevelopment of the Acquaviva neighborhood”, with the Diocese acting as guarantor of a process “of a possible rebirth made of visible signs “that respond to the” hopes and expectations placed in the hearts of the residents “.

Summit in the Diocese for the Acquaviva area

On Monday 19 September there was the first meeting in the Curia attended by Bishop Pietro Lagnese, with the priests Don Antonello Giannotti and Don Andrea Campanile – respectively from the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes and Sant’Anna – Giammichele Marotta, director of the Diocese’s Office for Social Problems, Elpidio Pota of the ‘Casa Fratelli Tutti’ foundation, municipal councilor Massimiliano Palmiero as delegate of the mayor Marino, the president of Acer Campania David Lebro (intervened by telephone) as well as representatives of civic committees such as Città Viva and the residents of the neighborhood.

“It was a very positive meeting – explains Vincenzo Fiano of the ‘Città Viva’ committee – The Municipality has undertaken an inspection of the courtyards to proceed with the inclusion in the redevelopment projects, with the transfer of availability from Acer to the Municipality. which should already be there this week. We, as a committee, have announced that in the next few hours a proposal for the social management of the common goods in the neighborhood will be filed. Our proposal starts right from the courtyards and extends to all the other spaces present that they must be networked with each other “. The third and last issue addressed is the relative superbonus 110 with which many residents also hope for a redevelopment of housing and whose process remains complex precisely for the different owners of the apartments (some are from Acer while others are private). In the evening there was a residents’ assembly to update the inhabitants on the outcome of the meeting and on future actions planned.

The article is in Italian

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