Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

PAN­ICKED res­i­dents who feared their homes would be bull­dozed to widen a road to Jávea port have been re­as­sured dur­ing a meet­ing with mayor José Chulvi this week.

The pro­posed new town lay­out plan, or PGOU, in­volved the ringroad through the La Sober­ana area be­ing du­alled and in­creased to 12 me­tres in width.

This would en­croach on pri­vate prop­erty and po­ten­tially mean up to five houses ei­ther knocked down or los­ing part of their gar­dens.

And even if this was not the case, res­i­dents were con­cerned their peace­ful way of life would be dis­turbed by fast-mov­ing port traf­fic.

Sim­i­lar wor­ries spread around res­i­dents on the C/Italia, a one-way street which was to be widened to 16 me­tres, given two lanes, pave­ments and a cy­cle lane.

Chulvi has agreed, how­ever, that the Camí Sober­ana would only be eight me­tres wide and sin­gle-car­riage­way.

He sug­gested leav­ing it as it stands, but res­i­dents wanted mains drainage, street lights and pave­ments added. Th­ese will be pro­posed when re­ac­tions to the PGOU are re­viewed. The C/ Italia will be left as it is.

Chulvi ex­plained that when a PGOU is at the 'ex­hi­bi­tion' stage, it is only pro­vi­sional and coun­cils have 'plenty of room' for adapt­ing them in ac­cor­dance with res­i­dents' needs.

The plan in­cludes huge swathes of green-belt land to pre­vent over-build­ing, lim­it­ing population growth, mean­ing road-widen­ing is not a pri­or­ity, the mayor con­cluded.

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