FOLLOWING a successful trial over the summer to pedestrianize part of the Calle Gerona, Benidorm council now wants to make it permanent and expand the scheme.
But the opposition party, the conservative PP, criticised the town hall for failing to put together a coherent pedestrianization plan for the town, instead of ‘patching’ it neighbourhood by neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, Mayor Navarro said that the trial was welcomed by both local businesses and visitors who could dine al fresco without the noise, danger and pollution of passing cars… and obviously smokers were able to enjoy their cigarette without having to leave the table to go outside.
His aim is to link the two sides of Benidorm by building a pedestrian bridge over the Avda. Europa which divides the two sides. This is a lengthy and extremely expensive project. The Town Hall would like to open up a competition for architects from around the world to design a pedestrian zone to incorporate a bridge.
The Town Halls architect Enrique Lopez is hoping that within a year they will have a viable project to hand out for tender so work can
commence. The funding would be provided by large companies such as Coca Cola, McDonalds who would reap lucrative advertising opportunities from the mile long stretch.
However, looking at the “progress” of the Casa de Cultura on the Avda. Europa which has been at a standstill for some years now I think that the phrase “long term project” will take on a new meaning.