The Pla Estratègic Reus Horitzó 32 will be open to all citizens from May 16 to June 30. This is the plan that has to help define how the city has to be in ten years and, after closing the first phase, the diagnosis phase, at the beginning of the year, it is now entering the full prospective phase, in which “citizens are called to express what city they want”, the mayor, Carles Pellicer, explained this morning. And it is not only addressed to the neighbors, “but it appeals to everyone, to those who, for example, have a relationship for work reasons with the city, or for leisure reasons…”, has pointed out the deputy mayor, Noemí Llauradó .
Thus, for a month and a half, citizens will be able to participate in a participatory process in which they will be able to give their opinion on various projects that will be exhibited and discussed in six areas: cures, healthy habits and emotional well-being, culture and art, city in 15 minutes (referring to how to plan the city from the proximity, guaranteeing quick and easy access to services), citizen network and attraction of entrepreneurship and economic initiatives.
All this will be done through surveys and, on the other hand, face-to-face actions. As the Councilor for Participation, Montserrat Flores, has detailed, the objective is to collect both quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (debates) results.
On the one hand, an online survey can be accessed through the Reus Participa platform (participa.reus.cat). It can also be accessed through QR codes and links distributed throughout the city. On the other hand, from May 19 to June 28, twenty Mobile Interaction Points will be installed throughout Reus. Computers will also be made available to citizens in civic centers to be able to access the online survey and in the Casal de Joves, libraries, in the Department of Participació and other facilities there will be support points for participation. Regarding the surveys, Flores has detailed that the participants will be able to choose between answering all the questions or focusing on a specific area. One part of the survey is about project prioritization and another is about contributions from citizens.
As for the debate spaces, deliberative and participatory sessions are planned through four dynamic participation sessions during the month of June in different locations in the city. There will also be debate and participation sessions from both the Fòrum Ciutadà and the Fòrum Territorial. Another proposal is a ‘family notebook’, aimed at students in the 6th year of Primary Education in the educational centers of Reus. “They are not the citizens of the future, they are of the present,” Flores remarked. According to the councilor, the notebook is also extended to the families of the students to collect as many different opinions and visions as possible.
When this second phase is finished, the third and last phase will be carried out, which will have to serve to define the strategy, that is, how and with what tools the actions defined by the process are carried out.