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Lembergs’ nice and clean kingdom has poor living conditions

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Aivars Lembergs

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Even though the security measure imposed against Aivars Lembergs by the prosecutor’s office to perform the duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council, the city is formally being managed by the For Latvia and Ventspils party. His kingdom may have clean streets and environment, but life is poor there.

Even though For Latvia and Ventspils promised to create hundreds of new jobs prior to elections, granted some new companies have appeared since then, Ventspils’ unemployment level remains around 9%. Residents also often complain about large heating bills, Latvian Radio reports.

In spite of the security measure, Lembergs regularly chairs important commissions and committees and makes important decisions along with his party’s deputies, listening to the voice of the opposition only on small matters.

The opposition has little to no say in the matter, according to deputy Ivars Landmanis. “We were told on the very first day that any questions we raise, any information access we request – everything would be denied. We have no representatives in the most important commissions”, – he said. “I was part of the Development commission, but when the city wanted to transform the forested areas into industrial land and we started protesting, Lembergs said: “because I said so”. And so I and another representative were thrown out of the commission”.

Ventspils City Council spends tons of money on radio and television advertisements and interviews about events at the city council and leading deputies. The city council’s marketing departments does not reveal any real numbers. Prior to municipal elections, Ventsils municipality had used the co-funded digital project of the European Commission to inform residents about the successes of the municipal government, showing events and specific Ventspils deputies, including Lembergs. Stickers with the same topic were also placed on city buses. The local newspaper – Ventas balss – was also paid to reflect on successful events.

In the last couple of years, there have been many concerts in Ventspils. A modern library was even built in Parventa. Nevertheless, young people and older people lack entertainment opportunities. “Young people under the age of 18 have fewer entertainment opportunities, unlike in Saldus. There are not enough places to gather. Go out at the evening – hardly any people outside. Cafes close at 21:00. Where else is there to go – gambling halls? Plenty of those around, as well as pawnshops”, – as said by randomly interviewed girls.

The interviewed residents doubt that something will change after the upcoming elections in Ventpils. According to them, the power of For Latvian and Ventspils is far too strong. The local media have told the residents that everything good that is present in the city was brought by Lembergs. Opposition representatives have very little chance of openly voicing their opinions.

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