Controversy in Cartagena over the construction of an amusement park next to a hospital

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Controversy in Cartagena over the construction of an amusement park next to a hospital

Controversy in Cartagena over the construction of an amusement park next to a hospital.  Photo: Instagram @loopingpark
Controversy in Cartagena over the construction of an amusement park next to a hospital. Photo: Instagram @loopingpark

A new controversy arose again in Cartagena in the last hours for what will be the inauguration of the looping park amusement parknext October 8, in the sector of the Napoleón Perea recreational center and the Plaza Colón Shopping Center.

The debate arose because this center of attractions is located near the emergency area of ​​the Blas De Lezo Clinic. This situation was reported Cesar Carcamorepresentative of the Community Oversight Offices in the Territorial Council of Social Security of Cartagena, who argued that, in accordance with the regulations of the city, said work “makes no sense” due to its location.

“According to Article 15 of Decree 948 of 1995in which the environmental noise restriction sectors are classified, the main sector in which one must remain calm and silent, are the urban areas where hospitals, nurseries, libraries, sanatoriums and geriatric homes are located. That they are thinking of building an amusement park next to a hospital makes no sense, “she pointed out in dialogue with The universal.

Precisely, Cárcamo argued that the complaint had been filed with the Secretary of the Interior when it became known that the works of the project were advancing; however, he fears that the petitions “remain in process” before the projected inauguration of the attraction center in the coming days.

The amusement park’s response:

Although there is already a scheduled date for the opening of the place, it still remains for the authorities grant the respective permission so that it can go into operation. “The only thing missing is for the park to be fully armed so that the office of Risk Management, Dadis and the Fire Department come to do the final inspection so that they realize that we do comply with the biosafety protocols and emergency and contingency plans”, said Cesar Gómez, representative of Looping Park, in an interview with the aforementioned media.

Faced with the decree that Cárcamo had referenced, he indicated that were not aware of the existence of a standard that would prevent construction near health centers, schools, among others. However, he stated thatthere is talk of noise pollution and we are not generators of that”.

ANOTHER CONTROVERSY THAT ADDED TO THE LIST:

On August 19, controversy arose in Cartagena due to the dissemination of a series of photos, which circulated through social networks, where some workers painting one of the stone walls that are emblematic of the center of Cartagena. The structure, which has more than four centuries of history, is located in the Fort of San Sebastian del Pastelillo.

Company causes controversy by painting the wall of the fort in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).  Photo: EFE/Ricardo Maldonado Rozo
Company causes controversy by painting the wall of the fort in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). Photo: EFE/Ricardo Maldonado Rozo

These tasks were carried out by the fishing clubwho did not request permission from the authorities to paint and justified that they did it to treat the presence of a black fungus. The case was quickly disclosed, which led to the suspension of the works and subsequent commitment to repair by the Club, that they admitted that they made a mistake.

Along with this situation, in mid-June, the mayor of Cartagena, William Dau, announced the signing of the agreement for the demolition of the Aquarela building, a construction that threatened the declaration of heritage of the Castillo de San Felipe in ‘La Heroica’, due to its size and proximity to the historic site.

With the purpose of “recover irregularly occupied public space”, the National Fund for Risk Management, together with the Ministry of Culture, will be in charge of advancing its demolition. This after the company in charge of its construction, Promoter Calle 47 SAShad a period of two months to return 619.59 square meters.

This demolition must be done within a period of one year, which may be extended by agreement of the parties to the agreement, as may possibly occur due to the appeals from the offending company seeking to retain the building.

Aquarela Cartagena Building.  Photo: (Colprensa - El Universal)
Aquarela Cartagena Building. Photo: (Colprensa – El Universal)

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