Call for Nuns Valley Cable Car inquiry

“Recurrent lack of transparency” in public administration

Nuns Valley demonstration

In an initiative that took place yesterday morning at the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, Élvio Sousa, leader of the JPP (Together for the People) party requested a parliamentary hearing with four entities linked to the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) Cable Car business.

For the JPP leader, the “recurrent lack of transparency” in public administration, with the need to resort to the courts, is manifested “once again” in the Nuns Valley Cable Car project.

“The JPP had to go to court again, so that the population has access to all parts of the procedure (namely the economic-financial feasibility study and the proposals submitted by the company). To this end, the JPP filed a request for a parliamentary hearing as a matter of urgency to the 3rd specialized committee on Environment, Climate and Human Resources”, announced Élvio Sousa.

“… to dispel the many doubts generated”

The parliamentary leader of the JPP said, “in order to dispel the many doubts generated, it is therefore essential to hear the following four entities in a parliamentary hearing: the Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Environment, the management of the Institute of Forestry and Nature Conservation, ICFN, the Accounting company Opção Divina, LTD – author of the Economic and Financial Feasibility Study of the Curral da Freiras Cable Car and Aventura Park and the company Inspire Capital Atlantic”.

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Protest in December

“We remember that contrary to what the Government stated, there will be public investment in this project, and no quantification has yet been released, as Quinta Vigia (the President’s official residence) has not yet responded to the request for information. A situation that reinforces the non-transparent nature of the process and the evidence that the Region’s finances will be highly harmed”, lamented Élvio Sousa.

Nuns Valley cable car will have a global revenue of €312 million

“Note that the return on investment normally occurs within the first 20 years of exploration in this type of concessions. The 60-year concession penalizes future generations, favouring a minority. The operation of the Cable Car expects to pay the Region only €2,000 per month, €24,000 per year in the first 10 years of operation, a very low amount when compared to the €5.2 million in annual revenue indicated by the study. A 60-year concession with these values ​​as a reference (very conservative, it must be said) means a global revenue of €312 million”, he concluded.

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Facebook group “against the Curral da Freiras Cable Car”

8 thoughts on “Call for Nuns Valley Cable Car inquiry”

  1. Of course, the lack of transparency AND the ongoing nepotism and corruption of the PSD-M led government is scandalous and unacceptable. BUT… the Madeiran people have only themselves to blame. They keep voting to keep this corrupt bunch in the saddle and then complain about them. Sorry, I have no compassion. Can’t say it often enough.

    • Madeiran politics may be on a par with the UK when it comes to cronyism and corruption but equally just like in the UK the party in power is ruling with less than 50% support from the electorate. Although voting here is by a system of PR rather than the UK’s FPTP system, the very high numbers of abstensions mean that under fifty percent of the electorate actually support the bunch of self serving crooks currently running the island.
      I sometimes think that compulsory voting might help with people obviously entitled to spoil their ballot paper if they don’t like any candidates or parties. However when you see how Australia still has real political problems, with a duopoly of like minded parties being the only choice, and independents facing hurdles at every turn to even get onto the ballot papers, just how the problem of preventing politicians being in power more for their own self interest than that of the population they are supposed to serve is a difficult one to solve?

  2. Well I don’t know if the local residents support this or not at all ? And I think that was important to know what they think about this being build and what benefits bring to the local area or not . And apparently a local resident did start a petition against the project anyone that didn’t know about this the link is the last one that shows that not all the residents are happy with this project . I and maybe many other prefer see that Curral das Freiras without any cables over the place .


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