ORIHUELA eliminates city centre car parks in favour of going green
Orihuela City Council is keeping its promise to go green by replacing city centre car parks in favour of widening sidewalks and planting hundreds of trees. The Department of Infrastructure announced its plan on Friday, April 9 to redevelop the iconic Calle Duque de Tamames, one of the city’s main infrastructures, by eliminating car parking, extending the footpaths and adding some 200 trees. The move comes as part of the ‘Plan Planifica’ of the Alicante Provincial Council, which has invested a budget of €2.5 million in this sort of positive urban development.
“It’s a project in accordance with the 2023 Agenda of Europe,” the Councillor for Infrastructure, Ángel Noguera, explained, as the plan was presented, together with the Councillor for Urban Planning, José Aix, and the Deputy for Infrastructure Javier Gutiérrez.
The councillors explained tht the plan will be achieved in phases, with the first stage involving the elimination of parking near the Calle Luis Barcala, to be replaced with bike lanes connecting this thoroughfare with the Beniel and Bigastro roads. The current streetlights will be replaced with more environmentally-friendly LEDs and 200 trees will be planted along the vista. Additionally, the mayor has confirmed that sanitation work will be carried out to resolve the flooding problems that have plagued this area.
In order to accommodate city drivers, an overflow car park will be built on the nearby Avenida Principe de Asturias by reducing the amount of driving lanes currently operating there. Additional parking spaces will be created in Correntias and Calle Jose Avila.
“We removed the Duque de Tamames car park but we recovered 100 more car parks,” Mr Noguera explained.
Although no date has yet been set for the completion of the works, the councillors have insisted that the new infrastructure is imminent once all of the details have been ironed out.
Source: Diario De La Vega