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The new footbridge over the N-332 road at La Regia will be officially opened on Monday at noon by the Mayor of the municipality, Monseratte Guillén, bridging the gap for many a resident who have suffered for years waiting for the promise of a safe passage to be realised. IN addition, the footbridge over the AP-7 motorway near to the new school has been put in place this week, with each half being dropped into position on two consecutive nights, set to open in a matter of weeks, and the third bridge over the motorway near to the Zenia Boulevard has also made considerable progress, collectively all on target to open, on schedule, by the end of the month.

Planning work on improving the access in the La Zenia area which aims to reduce traffic on the N-332 roundabout is continuing to progress. The engineers have now created the next stage of plans, which will be informally presented to the ministry this week, including the miniroundabout at the access road to the pending emergency centre, then formally proposed, on the condition that they are suitable. Similarly, the councillor for the coast, Martina Scheurer, has now arranged for a meeting with the senior management of the Consum supermarket chain, which will take place on Tuesday, to see if they are willing to assist in easing the problem. The provision of additional parking in the area has also begun, with new glass recycling bins replacing those located in the car park where the taxi rank is located, thus freeing up some parking spaces, and the cabin will be removed shortly to provide more.

The ministry responsible for the N-332 road has also now granted permission for aesthetic work to be carried out on two of the main roundabouts on the southern entrance to the Orihuela Costa, which have become shoddy looking over recent years. According to the councillor for the coast, the ministry had previously authorised the work to take place, but it had never been auctioned by the town hall. Therefore, the permission process had to start again to enable the current team to carry out the work.

Permission has also been granted by the coastal department for the town hall to carry out work to repave the Paseo Maritimo at Punta Prima. This work had also been delayed after the current councillor had to reapply for permission, but it will now go ahead, although in stages so as to minimise the disturbance during the work, which will not be finished until after Easter, due to the enormity of the project. This work is being funded by a developer who gave a commitment to provide additional funding as part of their deal to build a commercial centre. Similarly, at the end of this week, the coastal councillor, Martina Scheurer, advised The Leader that, “We also have received the missing authorisation of the Ministry of Costas to allow us to build the piece of the Paseo Maritimo which is missing in Cala Capitán on the left side.”

Town hall staff are currently in the process of trying to repair and replace elements of street furniture and fixtures, including items such as the new ping-pong tables and benches. Where broken benches are found, they are being replaced or repaired, and where there are areas with too many benches, consideration is being given to relocate them to more suitable sites. Similarly, the councillor for the coast is interested to hear from any residents who would like to suggest a location for a new bench, by contacting the International Residents office in the town hall, on residentes@orihuela.es, and the town hall will consider those suggestions.

A new feature is being installed at the municipal workshop located on Calle Arco Iris on the Orihuela Costa, which will enable the town hall workers to grow their own plants and flowers, which can subsequently be used for improving the image of the coast, at a minimum cost to the public purse. Plants and flowers will be grown from seeds at the facility, and then planted around the area as workers go about their usual maintenance tasks.

The councillor for the coast, and other representatives from the town hall, joined with their colleagues from across the Costa Blanca at an official ceremony held in Benidorm on Friday, in which the municipality collected their “Q” for quality flags, the first awards to be collected prior to the 2014 summer season.

The tenders for operating the chiringuito beach bars on the Orihuela Costa have now been accepted, after administrators checked the validity of those who entered. The next formal meeting where the tenders are opened will take place this week. The two previous objections filed with the town hall have been rejected, as the quality standard clause is not as restrictive as believed, as it does allow for operators to have quality standards “similar to” those mentioned.

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