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This week saw the inauguration of part of the green corridor of the Orihuela Costa, the “Corredor Verde de la Costa”, which saw the residents of the Valencia urbanisation near Villamartin have a green area officially opened, that provides a new environmental element to the residential zones.

The creation of the Corredor Verde de la Costa, which covers six different zones in the area, has been overseen by the Councillor for work and employment, Manuel Gallud, and the Councillor for the Coast, Martina Scheurer, who are coincidentally both representatives of the Los Verdes green party of Orihuela.

A temporary contract for employment was given to 33 residents of the municipality, which not only secured their employment for the duration of the term, but also served as an apprenticeship where they learnt new skills to help them develop and hopefully obtain permanent work in the sectors for which they are now trained.

During this week´s presentation, the supervising trainer, María Ángeles Palencia, explained how this existing park had been adapted by the workforce to include the creation of a bike path that traverses its way through the green area, complete with bicycle parking, picnic tables, benches, pergolas and dustbins, all made from wood, much of which is recycled, and stained to match the natural vegetation.

Manuel Gallud expressed his satisfaction at the work, and the dedication that the workers and the management have shown in creating these workable spaces on the Orihuela Costa, and how he hopes that similar projects will continue.

The councillor for the Coast, Martina Scheurer, praised the work carried out so far, recalling how the Orihuela Costa has 38 kilometres of parkland like this, a lot of which had been left to rundown and not usable by the residents, serving as nothing more than an eyesore in a number of places, where non-native, invasive plants threaten the natural environment.

From the turnout of residents of the Valencia urbanisation, it was clear that they too appreciated the efforts of all involved. A number of community representatives and presidents expressed their delight to The Leader. Sue Robinson said that she was “very pleased” and thought the park was “wonderful”, before explaining how she hopes the neighbourhood will be able to come together and use the area, whilst planting more flowers and trees.

Tony Cross said that he thought the park was “excellent”, whilst commenting on how hard everybody had worked to make the park what it is.

Alan Aldcroft, praised the scheme and the workers, and how it “gives people a purpose” and a reason for those who were struggling to din work with “a reason to get out of bed”, whilst learning new skills. Alan also explained how the newly refreshed central park area gave the urbanisation more of a “village feel”, a sentiment echoed by the gathering crowds sipping bubbly under the shade of the natural flora, whilst able to relax on the newly built furniture and enjoy the passing of another day in their idyllic surroundings, as a squirrel ran along, climbing through the trees, gathering food in testament to how the park has already fitted in with nature.

The next park of the six-part green corridor will be officially inaugurated on Thursday the 4th of December, near to Calle Rocio at La Zenia, in an area where 800 metres of green land has already been recovered as part of the scheme.

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