Above the full video of the evening-confrontation at Chiabrera
Savona – Chiabrera Theater packed last night for the confrontation between the mayoral candidates of Savona promoted by Il Secolo XIX and La Stampa. On stage Luca Aschei (Go beyond, independent list), Manuel Meles (M5s Lista Con Te), Marco Russo (center-left coalition), Angelo Schirru (center-right coalition) and Francesco Versace (popular Savona-Noi con Italia). After the introduction and illustration of the rules of debate by the director of the 19th century, Luca Ubaldeschi, colleagues Giovanni Ciolina and Paride Pasquino formulated the questions. These are their answers.
Aschei: «We have a city“ wounded ”by the Aurelia bis, an infrastructure that will not solve the traffic problems and that will have to be monitored step by step. We urgently need a traffic plan capable of putting together the wider provincial area: we must free the city from truck traffic ».
Meles: «Savona is in the year zero for the mobility situation. It is necessary to reorganize the public transport lines, which must be reorganized together with the entire public transport service. The parking policy should be completely reviewed; attention should be paid to “soft mobility”, bicycles, electric scooters, all in compliance with the safety of pedestrians. The guidelines for the mobility of tomorrow must be established today ».
Russo: «We are twenty years behind the cities similar to ours. We need an Urban Mobility Plan, to be built with wide participation. The main points must be the following: the disincentive to the use of private vehicles; the provision of belt parking spaces; a revision of the lines of public transport “.
Schirru: «The realization of the Aurelia bis should be encouraged which, conceived in this way, is not enough. Take the link up to the Savona tollbooth. Then, traffic in the city of Savona should be limited by pedestrianizing the central areas and setting up belt car parks. The masterplan of the Levante promenade allows the establishment of a belt car park with inter-exchange for bike sharing in the former Funivie areas. Finally, let’s think of a light rail that connects Legino to the center ».
Versace: «As an outgoing municipal councilor, I remember that we have already signed a protocol with the neighboring municipalities for the drafting of the Pums, the sustainable urban plan. Maximum attention must be focused on the road system that connects the motorway toll booth to the port: rail traffic must be rethought to reduce road crossings in the city ».
Meles: «The city must be equipped with an effective and transparent cleaning plan, so that the people of Savona themselves can monitor it. We also clarify the responsibilities of those who have reduced the subsidiary of the Municipality, Ata, to a step away from bankruptcy. Yes to the door-to-door system, the only system that guarantees quality separate collection, capable of reducing the amount of the Tari ».
Russo: «I will assume the responsibility of urban hygiene. In the launch of the newco (with the sale of 49 per cent of Ata’s shares), the issue of control over the service will have to be focused. The decor, however, goes beyond mere cleanliness: toilets must be positioned, areas of the city must be guarded with adequately articulated events ».
Schirru: «All-round work will have to be undertaken. I’ll put my face on it. I am thinking of an App to support the population to understand which are the central points for the delivery of waste, in particular heavy ones. As for the debate on the issue of the waste collection center to be set up in Legino, I will try to find an alternative site “.
Versace: «Yesterday the workers went on strike because the Ata company is under police commission and in serious difficulty. Today we have an industrial plan for door-to-door separate waste collection, which we have drawn up, with “intelligent” pricing: the less waste they produce, the less pay. Proceed, therefore, on the path we have traced ».
Aschei: «We will check everything that happens in this area. We took the field for this: decorum and cleanliness. The decor is a sign of a lack of love for the city, but not on the part of the citizens but of the municipal administration. Let’s start from here ».
Russo: «The Covid experience has taught us two things: the importance of the hospital, but also of the territorial network. The Municipality has an important role: the city must regain possession of its hospital as an element of identity. The Municipality, then, will have to stimulate the Region to relaunch health services in the area. The intermediate state will be the construction of a Community House, located in the city ».
Schirru: «The hospital has been the trench in this pandemic: it will be strengthened in close collaboration with the Region. There must be modern aids and tools with true interventional radiology, a true and effective stroke center and various teams that move around the area to bring the services home. Then think of an adequate infectious disease center. Then maximum hospital-territory integration starting from telemedicine ».
Versace: «I have worked hard for the establishment of the stroke center in recent years as a councilor in the municipality. However, there are many problems. With the funds of the National Plan, the hope is to strengthen the territorial network with its services ».
Aschei: «We have to train specialist doctors, but we also have to ask for more general practitioners. We need to collaborate with general practitioners and set up a prevention network that is able to involve more people. All this in addition to a reorganization of health care ».
Meles: «The hospital must be preserved and specializations must be implemented to protect the people of Savona. The dismantling of the territorial network is by now ancient: work should be done on the establishment of the Health Homes where general practitioners but also psychologists, gynecologists, social workers are placed. Yes to the mobile teams able to move to guarantee an effective service to citizens ».
Schirru: «The first thing to do is to share a strategy with the various players on the field. Work on seaside tourism, on food and wine, on cultural tourism: the Chiabrera theater is a temple from which important local productions can be born. Versace: tourism is not the “hit and run” of cruise passengers. We must focus on sedentary tourism thinking of hospitality in all its facets. We also think of disability tourism by breaking down architectural barriers ».
Aschei: «Costa Cruises makes tourism, while the city only welcomes visitors. “Doing” tourism well must be the turning point: the employment that tourism guarantees is an opportunity to keep our young people here ».
Meles: «Tourism is the only“ card ”that we can play today to attract new residents and to keep young people here. Tourism needs effective communication routes and dignity. We will have to invest in accommodation: the Crescent 2 was to be used for this purpose, but the policy has chosen to change the intended use to residential. Politics therefore has its own responsibilities ”.
Russo: «We must connect to a comprehensive breath and not isolate ourselves. We have to elaborate tourist proposals with the offer of experiences: museums, the Sanctuary, the sea. Finally, we highlight three points: accessible tourism; the outdoors; urban trekking “.
Versace: «It starts again from the Bacigalupo stadium, today in a state of profound decay. It could become a multifunctional pole. The other structures need restyling. Focus on urban parks as possible venues for outdoor sports, from fitness to body care for all ages ».
Aschei: «We have two experts in the sports sector on the list, who will be able to restart the activity in the old courtyards, those of the past. We let all our kids play sports, but we also guarantee spaces for the less young by relaunching the silver economy “
Meles: «We want to give back to the city and to Savona Calcio their Bacigalupo stadium which is, however, a multifunctional reality: sports, but also concerts. We need “homes” of sport for each specialty, but urban parks should be relaunched with baskets, goals for football to be played in the open air. Networks are created between sports clubs ».
Russo: «Sport has an irreplaceable social function of integration and promotion. It must therefore be enhanced and strengthened. Bacigalupo is intended as a fundamental container to be connected to the adjacent university campus. Then create a structure for high-level sporting events ».
Schirru: «Sports tourism must be an important driving force. Sport is also fundamental as a social medicine to take children off the street. Create a sports consultancy, capable of launching concrete projects: the money, little by little, will be found. The Municipality supports families to guarantee amateur activities for all children ».