Cash to re­fur­bish parks

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By Nuria Pérez A TO­TAL of nine parks in Ori­huela Costa are to be re­vamped and re­paired with a €300,000 in­vest­ment.

Coun­cil spokesman Rafael Al­ma­gro said on Tues­day that the funds have come from in­come re­ceived from land sales be­tween 2005 and 2014.

He noted that the spend­ing was ap­proved in the full coun­cil meet­ing in July.

Co­or­di­na­tor for the coast Luisa Boné ad­mit­ted that the parks were in a poor con­di­tion and some of them needed new benches, chil­dren’s games and rub­ber play­ground tiles.

The plans in­clude re­pair­ing ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems and pave­ments, plant­ing new shrubs and im­prov­ing the gar­dens.

The parks cho­sen for the in­vest­ment are in Calle Apatito in Vil­lapiedra ur­ban­i­sa­tion, Calle Cabo Turiñan and Calle Cabo Orte­gal in Lo­mas de Cabo Roig, Calle Li­monero in Mon­tezenia, Calle Plutón and Calle Es­cor­pio in La Florida, Calle Baikal in Lagosol-Sec­tor F-2 and Calle del Rocío and Calle Colón in La Ze­nia.

Sra Boné said con­tracts will be put out to ten­der in the next few weeks and work is due to start by Jan­uary. She noted that this spend­ing is in­de­pen­dent of the project to in­clude all parks and palm trees in the new main­te­nance con­tract for green ar­eas.

“The nine parks will be cov­ered by the new con­tract, once they have been un­graded,” she said. “Coun­cil of­fi­cers are work­ing on the tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments of the main­te­nance con­tract, which has to be put out to ten­der.”

Sra Boné pointed out that the town plan­ning depart­ment had not ini­tially agreed that all the Costa parks would be main­tained by the coun­cil.

“For­tu­nately we have man­aged to in­clude them all in the new con­tract be­cause ex­pand­ing it to in­clude them af­ter­wards would have been very com­pli­cated and we would be fac­ing the same prob­lem we are fac­ing now,” she said.

The ex­ist­ing main­te­nance con­tract only in­cludes 50% of the parks.

At the same time the coun­cil an­nounced that €570,000 from land auc­tions will be in­vested in resur­fac­ing roads and streets and re­pair­ing pave­ments in Cam­poamor, Los Dolses, Vil­la­martín, Playa Fla­menca, La Ze­nia, Cit­rus, La Florida and PAU-20.

The terms of the con­tract are set to be ap­proved in next week’s coun­cil board meet­ing, so that the works can be put out to ten­der as soon as pos­si­ble.

The scheme will take around four months to com­plete, she noted.

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