Wheels turn in Jávea town and port park­ing

Driv­ers of­fered a 'self-reg­u­la­tion' sys­tem to ro­tate park­ing spa­ces

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton jtroughton@cbnews.es

DRIV­ERS are be­ing of­fered 'self-reg­u­la­tion' in a park­ing rev­o­lu­tion in key streets of Javea’s old town and port.

At the re­quest of busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions, from Tues­day a new sys­tem will op­er­ate en­cour­ag­ing mo­torists to en­gage in a sys­tem de­signed to of­fer a ro­ta­tion of park­ing spa­ces, which al­lows them to use shops and ser­vices be­fore leav­ing and al­low­ing the next cus­tomer to park.

Some 200 park­ing spa­ces will be part of the scheme which will in­volve a lit­tle good­will – rather than ‘God will­ing’ – from Au­gust 21... and after a bed­ding in pe­riod, lo­cal po­lice will fine over­stay­ing driv­ers €80, es­pe­cially if they cheat and al­ter an ‘ar­rival time’ with­out mov­ing away.

Spe­cial and free card­board clocks will re­mind driv­ers the time they pulled into a va­cant space and they will be given an hour to con­duct their busi­ness; a sys­tem that has proved suc­cess­ful in other parts of Europe.

The streets af­fected in the old town are: Plaza Ce­lestino Pons, Calle Sor María Gal­lant, Calle San Joaquín, Ronda Sur, Ronda Norte, Avenida Principe de As­turias, Calle Bue­naire, and Calle Doc­tor Bur­rell. In Jávea port, Avenida Jaume I and Plaza Adolfo Suárez are part of the plan.

To help the change shift into gear, load­ing and un­load­ing hours are also changed. In the his­toric cen­tre this will be lim­ited to 08.00 to 11.00 and in the port from 08.00 to 10.00.

The scheme will op­er­ate each day un­til 14.00 and be­tween 17.00 and 21.00, when re­stric­tions will be lifted and also to al­low res­i­dents to park.

Coun­cil­lor Pepa Gil­bert said such 'self-reg­u­la­tion' schemes had proved 'very suc­cess­ful' in Euro­pean coun­tries in­clud­ing France.

The town hall has agreed that re­stric­tions will not ap­ply dur­ing si­esta pe­ri­ods and at night but the in­ten­tion was to boost trade for busi­nesses.

Mayor Jose Chulvi said it was a pi­lot scheme and "should prove to be a friendly sys­tem and doesn’t seek to sanc­tion; but is mak­ing bet­ter use of al­ready lim­ited park­ing in th­ese zones.”

The card­board clocks are avail­able from Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fices and par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses and will work in a sim­i­lar man­ner to dis­abled blue badges.

Avenida Jaume I

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