Benidorm receives 10 million euros to develop EDUSI
The Secretary of State for Budgets and Expenses has awarded Benidorm City Council a grant of 10 million euros to deploy its Strategy for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development (EDUSI), within the call launched by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration and whose resolution has been published today in the Official State Gazette (BOE).
The mayor, Toni Pérez, has described as "great news" the granting of this subsidy, since it will allow the development of a project "that has a very marked character and social component" and that "is very thought for and for the people of Benidorm , for our neighbors. "
The project presented by Benidorm, which includes measures valued at 34 million euros to be implemented until 2023, "has received the pleasure of all the Ministries that have participated in the vote and also of the Generalitat Valenciana". Measures aimed at increasing the quality of life of citizens and revolve around the improvement of quality and access to information technologies (ICT), the reduction of CO2 emissions, the protection of the environment and the efficiency in the use of resources, as well as the fight against inequality and poverty through inclusion policies.
Pérez recalled that all actions focus on "a large area" of the "heart of Benidorm". Specifically, the scope of action is the axis Beniardá-Jaime I, which encompasses the upper part of Colonia Madrid, as well as the area of Els Tolls neighborhood closest to the bullring, and the environment of Jaime I with special incidence in the sphere of influence of Alfredo Corral. This area is completed with a peri-urban area that encompasses all the natural environments of the ravines, the whole area parallel to the TRAM line, the existing parks and also two large green areas: El Moralet and the surroundings of the future park of the Séquia Mare.
The mayor indicated that it is an area with high population density and in which "after years since the construction of the modern city investments of this type are needed". He also stressed that the City Council "is already acting" in this area with projects such as the recent construction of the bridge that links Els Tolls with the environment of Palau d'Esports or the imminent start of the works of the Séquia Mare park.
With that starting point, Pérez is "convinced" that "soon we will manifest a degree of execution over projects that received the placet in previous EDUSI calls". "Benidorm," he added, "has the opportunity to show that works very well, that we have clear ideas, that there is a clear city project, and that we know what we want to do and where we want to go."
The mayor stressed that EDUSI is "a project of all those who wanted to make it their own and who provide it to all of us who live in Benidorm and to all those who visit the city at some time". At this point, he explained that the project is the result of a "choral work" of numerous departments of the City Council and of the most important and unprecedented citizen participation. In fact, during the participation process, more than 2,000 surveys were collected that have been used to gather ideas and suggestions that have been incorporated into the final project.
Pérez thanked "very much" the work of citizen empowerment carried out by the civic platform born within the Neighborhood Council and by the Councils of Citizen Participation and Urban Scene, as well as the contributions made by different associations and neighborhood, social and diverse groups and by citizens for their part. Appreciation to "all those who believed in this and who wanted this to go to Benidorm".
In addition to Benidorm, only four other locations in the Valencian Community have obtained funds to develop their EDUSI: Sagunto (6.5 million), l'Alfàs del Pi (5 million), Picassent (5 million) and Ontinyent (2.4 million). ). Benidorm has achieved this subsidy in its second participation in this call.