Park shade pro­posal re­jected

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By James Lang­ton A PRO­POSAL put for­ward by the op­po­si­tion Ci­u­dadanos party in Fuen­girola call­ing for lo­cal play­grounds to be cov­ered with canopies to pro­tect chil­dren from the sun was re­jected by the town’s rul­ing party, the Par­tido Pop­u­lar, at a coun­cil meet­ing last week.

The op­po­si­tion party had been call­ing for the canopies to be in­stalled in cer­tain park ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Par­que de Poniente near the Castillo So­hail, in or­der to make them more suit­able for chil­dren to play in dur­ing the hottest hours of months.

Lo­cal Ci­u­dadanos leader Javier Toro said that “with the tem­per­a­tures that we have in the municipality in spring and sum­mer, chil­dren play­ing on equip­ment in parks be­comes an ac­tiv­ity pos­ing a risk to their health, due to so­lar ra­di­a­tion”. The claims were backed up by im­ages on the Ci­u­dadanos Fuen­girola Face­book page, show­ing the tem­per­a­ture of un­cov­ered park equip­ment and floor­ing ex­ceed- the sum­mer ing 75 de­grees Cel­sius.

The party also says it ex­plained its pro­posal to the Span­ish Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (AECC), which ex­pressed its sup­port for the mea­sure.

Sr Toro added that the canopy shad­ing would have made play ar­eas “a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment, and ex­tended their hours of use”.

PP coun­cil­lor María Jesús Pas­cual said the pro­posal was re­jected last week due to its po­ten­tial cost, which the party said could have ex­ceeded €1.5 mil­lion, and added that health agen­cies rec­om­mend that chil­dren shouldn’t play in parks or on beaches dur­ing the hottest hours of the day (2pm-5pm).

The Par­que de Poniente play­ground

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