Having faced criticism this week from the Los Verdes green party of Torrevieja over the lack of action on the promenade to the south of the city, the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, announced on Thursday that the town hall has asked the Provincial Council of Alicante for 420,000 euro in order to carry out repair work and investment in much needed infrastructure fixtures.
From the total budget, 240,000 euro is destined to Avenida Gregorio Marañón, which will include redeveloping 3,575 metres of route, including the renewal of pavements to improve the pedestrian access to the south of the city centre. The plans will also include green areas, rest zones and shaded areas to provide protection from the sun, whilst also ensuring accessibility is maintained for those with mobility problems.
There is 180,000 euro budgeted to renew the street lights in the Barrio del Acequión, where 267 antiquated and energy hungry lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED units, which consume 60% less than their older equivalents, saving an estimated 12,000 euro per year. There has been no mention of other areas where lights are constantly failing, but the lack of illumination in zones such as the residential area near Carrefour also saves money, given the amount of time the lights have remained failed at night.
Meanwhile, Friday´s plenary meeting was not without the usual protests, but this month saw a different take on how members of the local police are trying to get the mayor´s attention to the plight of their continual grievances over working time and shift patterns. In previous months, officers had appeared topless in protest, some facing disciplinary action. They have written to the mayor personally and asked for dialogue to be open, and now, they publicly crucified a police officer.
In fact, the police officer was a Torrevieja resident actor and comedian, Fernando Esteso, who had been dressed in a police uniform, attached to a crucifix and raised on a crane to the window of the plenary hall. The meeting was halted for 15 minutes for which Eduardo Dolón commented that the action was illegal and those involved would face the consequences, as measures against them would be taken.
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