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Work has begun on regenerating a much needed side of the industrialised area of Torrevieja, as the harbour wall along the south side of the city becomes a pedestrian walkway.

In July of this year, the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, announced that the work had been given the green light by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment for the company Becsa, a subsidiary of the former Lubasa, to carry out the 769,991 euro this first stage of regeneration work.

The project is part of a five point action plan agreed with the municipal council, for renewing the area in the vicinity of the desalination plant. Collectively, the work has a budget of over 11.7 million euro.

The aim of the work is to provide better access to the extension of the harbour wall, where a conveyor belt which carries salt from the Salinas to the cargo loading bay runs adjacent, to create a new area for relaxation and walking in one of the most ignored areas of the city.

A walkway is being constructed along the breakwater of the harbour, which will provide 650 metres of pedestrian space, with a combination of tiled, paved and wooden flooring along the promenade, with new street lighting, drinking water fountains, litter bins, benches and wooden pergolas for shade along the way.

In addition, there will be extra palm trees planted in the area leading up to the new paseo, along the access at Playa de los Náufragos.

Meanwhile, the port areas of Torrevieja have come under scrutiny this week, after Spokesman for the Alternative Popular APTCe political group, Domingo Soler, reports that he believes the mayor will create a new space for 30 catering establishments and bars in the harbour area, that he believes will lead to a “cartel” in deciding who should be awarded the opportunity to operate them.

Soler also feels that the development would be damaging to the existing bars and restaurants of the city, many of which have already closed down, many more of which are struggling already, and following on from the failed 2010 plans to renew the area, for which no company was prepared to offer the 80 million euro funding to create the project.

Local hostelry associations have also voiced their concerns over the plans, but Dolón has denied the plans, saying that he has had several meetings with trade and hospitality associations, and that he plans to announce preliminary plans for the development of the harbour basin this week.

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