The Legado association proposes to preserve the toponymy of the old town as part of the intangible heritage
They speak of ancient customs and deep-rooted devotions, lost trades and well-known family sagas. But despite the roots they treasure, they may not be entirely safe. The Legado de Alcantarilla association has launched an initiative to shield the names of twenty-four “historic” streets of the old town so that this local toponymy lasts over time, whoever governs in the City Council governs. He argues that these names have been on the streets since the beginning of the 18th century and that “they are part of the intangible heritage.” “They show us their relationship with exciting events, parties, rituals or characters that at that time were the ones that gave rise to today’s society as it is,” indicates the letter that this group has sent to political groups. He hopes that a unanimous agreement from the Corporation will allow the idea to materialize. The parties are already studying it for debate in plenary and the promoters are confident that it will succeed.
An investigation indicates that most of these arteries have maintained the same denomination since the beginning of the XVIII
The association itself, which has watched over the preservation of cultural heritage for years, acknowledges that it is not aware that a similar proposal has been formulated elsewhere in the Region. The study carried out by Legado includes the following list of the street map that should never change its name: San Sebastián, Los Pasos, Los Carros, Eras, Princesa, Raso, Cartagena, Rosario, Processions, Solares, Beato Andrés, Huertos, Ánimas, Del Cura, Madrid, Tropel, Calera, De la Aurora, Moncada, San José, Plaza de San Pedro, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza del Beato and Camino de la Piedra.
The flood of San Lucas
The proposal is based on a detailed investigation based on notarial protocols of the time and the recovered Registration Book of the parish church of San Pedro (1867). And remember that the current urban layout arose in 1545, when the old town was moved from its previous location, near the Puente de las Pilas, to the surroundings of the then hermitage of San Sebastián, as a result of the damage caused by the flood of San Lucas.
The initiative had been in the making for some time, but it has been reactivated with the recent name change of two of the most traditional arteries: Palmera and Moreno, now dedicated to the chronicler Fulgencio Sánchez Riquelme and Dr. Alfonso Rubio, respectively. Legacy does not criticize the decision. Moreover, it defends that both protagonists are deserving of this distinction, but suggests that for the next few occasions, newly created streets be chosen “or that the names of others whose names are not original should be replaced.” Because, according to the association, “it saddens us enormously” that with these modifications “part of our history disappears.”
The local executive defends that “it has always been tried that the modifications in the street are the least possible”
From the municipal executive of the PP, which governs with an absolute majority in Sewer, they do not clarify whether they will support Legado’s proposal. A spokeswoman recalls that it is an attribution of the Plenary, and that on many occasions what this body does is respond to requests from neighbors or associations. “It has always been tried that the modifications are the least possible. But our municipal area is small and our urban area is also small ”, he explains. And he maintains that “in the case of having to change the name of a street, the one that has a common name has always been chosen, never the one that has been put in honor of a person.”