RESIDENTS in Manilva have berated the Town Hall over the lack of police presence in the town.
At the latest local business forum residents complained directly to Mayor Diego Urieta about the lack of officers on the streets as well as the absence of a National Police Station.
However the Town Hall’s response laid the blame at the feet of its residence who have not signed on the Padron.
According to a spokesman the town are only allowed to employ one policeman for every 1,000 residents on the Padron.
Equally a National Police Station can only exist in municipalities where 20,000 or more people are registered as residents.
Estimates show that Manilva does infact have 20,000 residents but as many are not registered on the Padron the Town Hall’s hands are tied.
“People need to be aware that if they are not officially registered to live here that they are stopping the Town Hall from having the resources to implement the improved security that the area needs”, Georgina Shaw from Shaw Marketing Services said.
“Signing up to the padron is really easy and it is not linked to the taxation system, or any other legal register, so there’s no reason not to do it.
“The Foreigners’ Department can help you do it if you don’t speak Spanish and we all need to encourage as many people to register as possible to get the budget and resources required to make Manilva an even better place to live and run a business.”