Ground-breaking deal to unite Costa del Sol town

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MODERN MIJAS: The agreement represents a progressive shift for Mijas ©Ayuntamiento de Mijas

AN HISTORIC deal has been reached in Mijas between the political parties Citizens and PSOE, and the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples (CSSP).

The agreement, which has now been signed, will lead to the creation of the first public department of the town that is dedicated to the needs of the LGTBI community.

Cross-party talks on the issue have led to a 28 point document outlining the initiative, which has been labelled “for stability.”

The measure will focus on the issues of mobility, tourism and diversity among others, and the department will be given resources to promote them.

A Mobility Plan will introduce digital information boards for all bus stops in the town, detailing all expected arrival times as well as prices, routes and weather.

In addition, the plan paves the way for the construction of cycle lanes in all suitable areas of Mijas.

There will also be a new Traffic Control Centre for the local police station in recognition of the considerable growth of Las Lagunas.

Other projects include illuminated pedestrian crossings, shelters at each bus stop, increasing the frequency of transport services between Fuengirola and Mijas, and the creation of a new bus station at the Miramar Shopping Centre.

The measure that has attracted the most attention for its unprecedented nature is the creation of an Office for Diversity.

It will be awarded “sufficient” funding in order to carry out activities aimed at the LGTBI community, of which the CSSP will be “collaborator and participant,” as per the agreement.

Funding has not yet been finalised but a sum of around €500,000 is believed to have been earmarked for this.

The tourism industry in the area has also been reviewed, and a special commission has been created to reinstate the Mijas CIO (The Centre for the Integral Training of Leisure Industries), and its hotel.

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