The first action will be for pedestrian and cycling paths in this wide green area; and the other two will focus on improving pedestrian mobility and accessibility
Benidorm gives the green light to EDUSI projects in El Moralet, Colonia Madrid and Els Tolls
Benidorm City Council continues to make progress in the implementation and development of its Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI). The Local Government Board (JGL) has approved today three work projects related to El Moralet area and Colonia Madrid and Els Tolls neighborhoods, thus giving the green light to bidding for these three actions.
The mayor, Toni Pérez, recalled that EDUSI in Benidorm “is an ambitious city project that has received a grant of 10 million euros in European funds, and that includes actions to increase the quality of life of citizens through improving access to information technology (ICT), reducing CO2 emissions, protecting the environment; the fight against inequality and poverty through policies of inclusion; as well as the revitalization of an extensive and key urban area that encompasses part of the Ensanche del Casco Antiguo ”.
Toni Pérez explained that "the actions included in EDUSI reach a global investment of 23 million euros" and they must be completed "before the end of 2023". For this reason, he has deepened, "we work with a strict and clearly delimited calendar that we must comply scrupulously so as not to lose the grant of 10 million euros of ERDF funds obtained and compromise the development of all planned projects."
The first of the works projects approved today is the "Environmental Improvement and Public Use of El Moralet"; a project with which a Green Circuit of pedestrian and mountain bike paths will be generated in this area of 943,000 square meters of forest that extends from Guillermo Amor Sports City, next to the athletics tracks, to La Cala and that will cross 42 roads.
The mayor has indicated that "when designing the trails that will make up this Moralet Green Circuit, we have worked hand in hand with Benidorm Athletics Club and the Mountain Section (BTT) of the Cycling Club"; and he added that the project includes the installation of solar street lights, signage, wastebaskets, hydrants; as well as the repopulation with native trees in the points where it is necessary.
Regarding the second action, it will take place in the upper part of Colonia Madrid, where the streets Capitán Cortés, Estació, Rejoneador Ginés Cartagena and Plaza del Prelado Antonio Bayona will be redeveloped. The project foresees "to renew the paving of the sidewalks, making them 100% accessible and channeling all the services of the water, lighting and communications network". "We are talking about streets that are 50 years old and in which, except for very specific interventions, hardly any action has been taken," he pointed out.
The third project, focused on Els Tolls neighborhood, also has an impact on the ‘Improvement of Pedestrian Mobility and Accessibility. As the mayor himself advanced to the neighbors last week in 'A pie de calle' campaign, this action is going to involve "a comprehensive renovation" of the entire neighborhood "from Avenida de Andalucía to Avenida de Inglaterra" in matter of "public space, accessibility, drinking water, rainwater, sewerage and lighting, that is, of all services." An intervention that "will benefit and improve mobility, energy efficiency, equipment and public services".