Fu­ri­ous res­i­dents to lose on-street park­ing

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Saman­tha kett PARK­ING spa­ces in an en­tire neigh­bour­hood of Dé­nia will be wiped out when the streets are dug up and re­built, cre­at­ing even fur­ther prob­lems for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

As part of an un­work­able plan to get traf­fic out of Dé­nia and make it into a 'pedes­trian town', the coun­cil will scrap the car-park bays in the Plaza Val­gamediós, the Plaza Tenor Cor­tis, the C/ Bretxa, the C/ Cos de Guàr­dia and the C/ Mayor.

These make up most of the Oeste dis­trict, be­tween the town-cen­tre end of the main en­trance road from On­dara and the top of the C/ Loreto – Dé­nia's 'Restau­rant City' – fur­thest from the town hall.

Fu­ri­ous res­i­dents have de­manded to know where they are sup­posed to leave their cars, and point out that the worst-af­fected will be the el­derly and those with mo­bil­ity prob­lems as they will not be able to walk home from sev­eral strets away.

But the coun­cil's re­sponse is: “We want a friend­lier, qui­eter and safer town where peo­ple come be­fore cars.”

They point out that they have cre­ated 'over 2,000 park­ing spa­ces' in 'dif­fer­ent ar­eas'.

But they in­clude spa­ces which carry a charge to re­place free ones, and park­ing bays in neigh­bour­hoods out­side the Oeste dis­trict do not solve the prob­lem for those who live there.

The works are likely to start af­ter next sum­mer. By Irena Bodnarec THE MAYOR of Al­faz del Pi, Vi­cente Arques, with the full sup­port of the en­tire coun­cil, is urg­ing the gov­ern­ments of Spain and the United King­dom to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions for a bi­lat­eral agree­ment as soon as pos­si­ble to pro­tect the rights of British ci­ti­zens liv­ing in Spain post Brexit. There are cur­rently more than 2,700 British ex­pats reg­is­tered on the padron who have be­come an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity and the mayor is con­scious that they are not left feel­ing aban­doned with re­gard to health, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial ser­vices.

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