Benissa in­dus­trial es­tate un­der­goes facelift

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By Joe Pugh MOD­ERNI­SA­TION works to the La Pe­dr­era in­dus­trial es­tate in Benissa will com­mence on 5 Novem­ber. The up­grades will be car­ried out un­der a project called 'Im­prove­ment, mod­erni­sa­tion and pro­vi­sion of in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in the in­dus­trial park La Pe­dr­era of Benissa'. This is part of a grant pro­gramme of­fered by IVACE (Va­len­cian In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Com­pet­i­tive­ness), which in turn be­longs to the min­istry of sus­tain­able econ­omy, trade and labour.

Sev­eral im­prove­ment plans are in­cluded to im­prove se­cu­rity, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, en­ergy sav­ings, the im­age of the es­tate and road im­prove­ments. The grant amounts to €526,893.73, which will be di­vided into two an­nual pay­ments. This year, €244,700.65 will be in­vested and in 2019, €282,193.07 will be awarded. The ten­der for the works has been awarded to the com­pany SIEMA In­fras­truc- tures SL, who bid €520,300.

One of the plans is for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of fi­bre op­tic broad­band. This will in­clude the cre­ation of closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras in­ter­con­nected with the lo­cal po­lice, which it is hoped will ex­pand the com­pet­i­tive­ness and safety of the in­dus­trial area. The es­tate will also have im­proved road mark­ings and sig­nage. Pan­els will be in­stalled with com­pany names and their lo­ca­tions, and all road names will be clearly signed.

Pub­lic street light­ing will also be re­newed, through en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures or re­new­able en­er­gies. All light bulbs will be re­placed by ef­fi­cient LEDs, gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings. In ad­di­tion, park­ing ar­eas will be ex­panded, cre­at­ing a space for trucks and large ve­hi­cles.

To fa­cil­i­tate the smooth run­ning of busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the works, Benissa coun­cil met with busi­ness own­ers on Tues­day to dis­cuss the pro­gram­ming for the plan, and how com­pa­nies may be af­fected dur­ing the im­prove­ments.

“It is sat­is­fy­ing that these IVACE grants al­low these in- vest­ments to be made in a place not in­vested in for a long time. La Pe­dr­era is such an im­por­tant place in Benissa. It’s com­pet­i­tive­ness and ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and in­vest­ments will now be ex­panded.” said Xavi Tro, coun­cil­lor for works and ser­vices.

No men­tion has been made how­ever, of the se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent blackspot on the N332 at the en­trance to the es­tate, which would clearly ben­e­fit from a new round­about or traf­fic light sys­tem.

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