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The Governing Board gives the green light to bidding for two tourist trains in the Historic Center (20/11/2020)

| The spending and the bases for the Investment Support Plan in the Old Town (PAICA) have also been approved | The local Government Board today approved the call for tenders in two differentiated lots for the administrative concession of occupation of streets, squares and free spaces of the Historic Center for the circulation of two tourist trains.It is a proposal from the Department of Heritage, promoted by the Mayor's Office and the Tourism and Commerce Area, with which they want to recover the tourist train that circulated through the streets of the city to publicize the historical heritage of buildings and monuments , as well as promoting the commercial center of the old part of the city, which especially in this time of pandemic suffers from a special lack of activity.Thus, given the existence of various companies that organize this type of activities, having the aforementioned train, the green light has been given to the call for bids by ordinary procedure for the award for a period of 6 years and the specifications have been approved administrative and technical prescriptions, in which it is established that the fee to be paid by the successful tenderer will be for Lot 1 (Cruise Passenger) of 20,000 euros, and for Lot 2 (Tourist), 15,000 euros.The Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Commerce, Manuel Padín, stressed that the launch of these two trains will give a necessary boost to the commercial and tourism sector "more necessary than ever, due to the current situation derived from the pandemic." "We seek that Cartagena recovers as soon as possible from this crisis and from the City Council we are going to put all the meat on the grill so that our citizens and businessmen can fly back as soon as possible", added the mayor.On the other hand, the Board has also acquired the commitment to include in the 2021 Budget project the necessary credits for the calls for grants of the Investment Support Plan in the Old Town (PAICA) and the Plan to promote the trade of proximity.This proposal from the Department of Finance was based on the agreement of the Governing Board of September 14 to incorporate a total of 120,000 euros to the 2021 Budget Project to carry out the Plan.In this way, according to the applications received and the amount of the subsidies that are granted throughout the year 2021, the amount will be distributed as follows: Investment Support Plan in the Old Town, 96,000 euros; and a plan to promote local commerce, 24,000 euros.Likewise, outside of the agenda, the Board has also approved the call and the bases of the PAICA grants, with the aim that, once the 2021 budget is approved, they can already be requested.

It is a commitment made by the Councilor for Commerce that will allow the distribution of aid among those premises destined for commercial, business, cultural or museum activities, in the Old Town, that require qualifying titles in urban planning for the start of new activity, reforms due to change of activity or owner and remodeling of premises with more than 10 years.

The maximum of this aid will be 10,000 euros, not being able to exceed 40% of the total investment.Similarly, the aid will also be used to subsidize 90% of the municipal tax for occupation of the public road paid in the first year of activity to catering establishments with tables and chairs on the terrace.Finally, the PAICA will allow to cover expenses generated by works carried out by the successful bidders of the commercial units in the municipal food markets.

In this case, the reforms or remodeling of posts, construction or rehabilitation works of buildings, the start of commercial, professional and industrial activities are contemplated.

In this case, the maximum of this aid will also be 10,000 euros, not being able to exceed 40% of the total investment.The deputy mayor has highlighted the effort of the City Council staff to provide interested parties who can request these grants from the beginning of 2021, once the budget has been approved.

"Although many doubted that we could get these grants for the beginning of the year, they are a reality and will serve to help businesses in these difficult times," explained Manuel Padín.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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