A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
Citizen participation process to define the uses of the buildings of the Partonat, the Escorxador and the Mercat Vell.
The objective of this project is to achieve a consensus proposal based on citizen participation to decide the uses of these cultural facilities that need an intervention to rehabilitate them or resolve structural deficiencies. This project wants to collect all possible contributions from the cultural fabric and municipal groups.
In order to define the uses of the three cultural facilities, the Regidoria de Cultura wants to promote, in parallel to this participatory process, a reorganization of the Miramar Cultural Center as a multipurpose cultural space with exhibition halls, municipal offices, artistic storage area, space for associations and entities, as well as the possible new location of the Arxiu Històric de Sitges currently located in the Palau de Maricel and presenting structural deficiencies.
However, the Regidoria de Tradicions i Festes is working with the Casa de la Festa as a space for the festive imaginary ("gegants" and "bèsties") located in the annex building of the Slaughterhouse in order to spread the traditional heritage of Sitges.
In the future the Masia de Santa Bàrbara is also planned to host a space for entities and associations, as well as the headquarters of the Colla Jove dels Castellers de Sitges where they can perform their tests with the appropriate conditions.
The participatory process starts from a previous diagnosis of the Regidoria de Cultura that defines the cultural needs of the city. Municipal political groups may also provide their proposals for uses that will be published on the Decidim web portal.
The methodology that will be used for face-to-face participation where groups will work. The sessions will be energized by a group of experts with technical knowledge to facilitate discussion and decision-making on the design, management and use of spaces.
Once the participatory sessions are finished, the contributions of the participants will be collected and the return will be made to inform the citizens about the results of the process. The process will end with the preparation of a synthesis report with the conclusions.