More than 1,500 allegations against three macro-farms and 8,000 pigs in the Alcarria of Cuenca

The Stop Macrogranjas Alcarria Conquense Platform, a member of Pueblos Vivos Cuenca, has submitted 1,514 allegations to the ordinary environmental impact studies of the three pig macrofarm projects with 2,496 fattening places each. The submission deadline ended last week.

La Alcarria Cuenca, a macro-farm in Spain with groundwater from the headwaters of the Tagus

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Residents and also those from the region have turned to collecting signatures. These are two small municipalities of the Alcarria of Cuenca that add between them 58 inhabitants registered in January 2021, according to data from the INE. In Portalrubio de Guadamejud they intend to install two of them, and Moncalvillo de Huete, district of Huete, the third would be located. The neighborhood mobilization has had the help and advice of the Pueblos Vivos de Cuenca Association, thanks to its experience in numerous towns since 2017.

"They had not been informed by the municipalities"

The start of the processing of the three macro-farms generated "great concern", says the platform, among the residents of these municipalities who "had not been informed by their municipalities, and also did not understand that three projects were being processed industrial farming a regional moratorium is in force”. And it is that the projects have been designed to skirt and save the demands of the moratorium that allows exceptions.

Anxiety has increased after the informative talks held in August in the municipalities of Villalba del Rey, Portalrubio de Guadamejud, Valdemoro del Rey and Moncalvillo de Huete.

Citizens materialized their opposition forcefully through a march of more than 150 vehicles, called by the Stop Macrogranjas Alcarria Conquense Platform that left Gascueña and toured Villalba del Rey, Tinajas, Portalrubio de Guadamejud, Valdemoro, Moncalvillo de Huete and Huete . In this last town, a manifesto was read in the presence of more than half a thousand people in the Plaza Fray Ambrosio Montesino to express their rejection of the implementation of these three macro-farms in the area.

The Stop Macrogranjas Alcarria Conquense Platform is "firmly" opposed to this plan because, according to its spokesman Álvaro Vicente "it will serve to enrich the promoter company even more at the expense of the health and well-being of all of us who live and come to these municipalities". The neighborhood representative warns about the risk of expansion of the initial project: “We are not fooled. What they want to build is a complex of macro-farms to export meat, and that are also prepared for future expansion, and highly mechanized, so they will practically not generate jobs and will turn this land into a dunghill.

For her part, Remedios Bobillo, president of the Pueblos Vivos Cuenca Association, assures that “we are facing a threat to rural life, since the macro-farms would block the path to possible development paths of the affected and adjoining municipalities, because their future would pass through slurry. , flies and bad smells, as we already know from other towns”.

Crowdfunding and collection of signatures

Also from the Stop Macrogranjas Alcarria Conquense Platform, a fundraising campaign was launched, which has recently ended, so that citizens collaborate in covering the expenses of preparing allegations and probable legal expenses if the processing of these projects goes ahead. In addition, a collection of signatures has been launched on the Change.org platform to stop this project, and has collected the support of more than 1,700 people.

The Pueblos Vivos Cuenca Association is made up of neighborhood movements from Almendros, Arandilla del Arroyo, Barajas de Melo, Barchín del Hoyo, Campillo de Altobuey, Cañete, Cardenete, Gabaldón, Gascueña, Huete, Mariana, Moncalvillo, Mota del Cuervo, Portalrubio de Guadamejud , Portilla, Pozorrubielos de la Mancha, Priego, Quintanar del Rey, Reíllo, San Clemente, Tarancón, Tinajas, Torrejoncillo del Rey, Valdemoro del Rey, Villalba de la Sierra, Villalba del Rey, Villar de Domingo García, Víllora and Zarzuela, together Ecologists in Cuenca Action and ACEM-Ecologists of La Manchuela.

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