BENALMADENA’S Council has finished works to Arroyo de la Miel’s Calle Velarde, following an investment of over €185,000.
The town’s Mayor, Victor Navas, visited the road, alongside a delegate from the Junta de Andalucia, Miguel Briones, The President of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Western Costa del Sol, Margarita del Cid, the delegate for investments, Jose Eduardo Diaz and the Councillor for Urbanisation, Roads and Works, Oscar Ramundo.
Mr Navas commented, “the works involved two phases and had an investment of more than €185,000, all of which was funded by Manocomunidad, and aims to improve accessibility for pedestrians in Arroyo de la Miel which in turn always boosts trade.” He added, “in addition, we have carried out a series of unseen improvements like separating sewage and rainwater pipes and other more visible changes including removing cables and upgrading street lighting.” He said he thanked residents, “for their patience in putting up with the disruption caused by the works.”
Councillor Oscar Ramundo said the works to Calle Velarde involved “replacing the pavements, renovating underground infrastructure and asphalting the road, using the same aesthetic look as on Calle Vicente Aleixandre which integrates the road with commercial and residential areas.” He added, “one of the other main objectives of the work was to improve accessibility by removing road barriers that impeded those with reduced mobility and giving pedestrians more space.”
Miguel Briones explained the fund which provided investment for the project was part of a bigger scheme by the Commonwealth to use Junta funds to modernise the Western Costa del Sol, improving its aspect for tourists. He said, “once this year’s general budgets are approved, we will ask for these grants again to improve services in areas which receive the most visitors.”
Margarita del Cid said the Commonwealth scheme had allocated around €400,000 of investment to Benalmadena since 2014. She explained, “councils tell us their priorities and we work with them to give them the appropriate funding and we have been impressed with the speed and efficiency of the scheme.” She added the Commonwealth had recently provided the area’s tourist office with new IT equipment.
Works finished: the officials check out the new road