ALTEA is renovating its old quarter.
Urban Planning councillor Carolina Punset has embarked on a series of initiatives to restore the Portal Vell gateway, clear waste land and repair houses on the point of collapse.
An inventory was made of houses whose facades were in bad condition, after which more than 100 owners were contacted and asked to comply with maintenance regulations.
At the same time help has been made available for property-owners wanting to paint and repair exteriors.
Months later the first restoration campaign has been completed and the results “couldn’t be better,” town hall sources said.
More than a hundred facades have been painted, Punset confirmed.
“Not only have householders improved their homes, but they have enhanced our image as a tourist town,” the councillor added.
Around 25 per cent of owners contacted about the state of their houses applied for grants.
“Most complied without requesting help, merely because for the first time ever, the town hall stepped in with the inventory and asked owners to meet their obligations.