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Ventspils resident: shocking heating tariffs are consequences of irresponsibility

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Ventspils residents received a “wonderful” gift from the municipality in the first days of 2013 – they are required to pay an average of 69% more for heating services for December 2012 in comparison with 2011.

“Payments for heating services in Ventspils turned out to be the largest in the country. This shows that the problems of residents are secondary to the ruling officials. The establishment of their personal advertisement is more important to them than the sky-rocketing heating tariffs, – said former city council official Aivis Landmanis.

He notes that, while he was an official of the Ventspils City Council in 2005-2009, he had turned attention towards what is going on in Ventspils’ heating supply many times. “With my colleagues – Vladislav Shafransky, Ojars Grinbergs, Dacis Korns and Ivars Landmanis – we tried finding out why society is not being told the details of the Ventspils TEC project and why the remaining heating related issues are being solved in secrecy? The rulers seem to believe we are not worth their attention. Meetings initiated by the opposition officials were declined, refusing to open up information about the progress of the Ventspils TEC project, the theft of money at SIA Ventspils Siltums (approximately 400 000 LVL). As well as the reasons as to why Ventspils TEC project failed and how much it cost the city’s residents, and why the reconstruction of houses and transition to cheaper heating fuels are so late,” – explains Landmanis.

He is convinced that Aivars Lembergs’ led For Latvia and Ventspils party representatives are directly responsible for the enormous heating fees. “Explanations will not do here. Talks that houses are not properly fitted with heating systems do not affect the price per MWh. It affects the consumption. The price per MWh is set by the producer of heat. In our case – Ventspils Siltums (owned by the Ventspils City Council) – which continues to warm us by burning the crude often bought from Aivars Lembergs’ and his relatives’ belonging company SIA Baltimar VT. Lembergs’ declaration states that he received more than 630 000 LVL in dividends from Baltimar VT in the period between 2001 and 2004,” – says Landmanis.

At the same time, he adds that it can be agreed with the statements made by some Ventpils resident in Panorāma programme of Latvian Television. “People have gotten used to keeping quiet until the last moment. Prices are increased because no one complaints about it.” In conclusion he cited the words of another Ventspils resident: “It is unfortunate that municipal elections will not take place in winter, but I will definitely keep this “present” in mind until the next elections.”


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  1. Yoyo says:

    All of households concerned should refuse pay the bill for the rotten politicians.

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