Local Daily News 14th May
The Torrevieja City Council wants to build a green area on the plot of the current bus terminal
The Torrevieja City Council has initiated the administrative procedure to convert the plot currently occupied by the bus terminal into a green area in the city centre. The Urban Planning area has announced the public consultation prior to the specific modification number 110 of the General Plan so that this plot, now a private facility, is requalified as a green area. There are a total of 3,400 square metres delimited between the streets Antonio Machado, Patricio Zammit, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and del Mar in which Costa Azul built in 1988 the current bus terminal of the city, privately owned.
In the initial report of the technicians, the urban operation is justified in the need to provide Torrevieja with a new bus station with a more suitable location and in demolishing the current one to provide a park for this area of the centre with a high traffic of pedestrians and vehicles. As stated in the previous report, next to the station is the Palace of Justice that provides services to the municipalities on the coast of the region, the main headquarters of the Civil Guard in Vega Baja, a municipal multipurpose building (formerly known as new Museum of Holy Week), the municipal archive and the one that is going to become one of the main Mercadona stores in Spain (now under construction).
Although the change of use of the plot is not mentioned in the file, it has two drawbacks: it is private property -then the land has to be bought-, and for the park to become a reality, it is necessary to demolish the current terminal and have the a new one owned by the municipality is operational.
The mayor of Torrevieja and Councillor for Urban Development, Eduardo Dolón (PP),, indicated that this specific modification must be approved by the governing board and in plenary session. He pointed out that this area of the city needs a green space of these characteristics and that it is also something that residents have been requesting for years. He also confirmed that it requires the purchase of the land.
The land is owned by the Orihuela family who once sold the Costa Azul transport company to Avanza. Now the municipal appraisal must value the land for the use it currently has and not for what it will have as a green area, which translates into a millionaire figure. In plural.
The first mayor hinted that the change of use and the purchase can be carried out before the new municipally owned terminal is built, planned on a plot on CV-905 and Juan Valera street, next to the current one Civil Protection headquarters and the “Flamingos” roundabout.
The wording of that project was left deserted in a recent award procedure. The work is valued at five million euros and, also in the same location, several heritage files are underway to buy the necessary land in the so-called enclave 13. Dolón stated that the municipal forecast is that the green area and station can be promoted in parallel, and relies once again on the framework contracting agreement to speed up the procedures. An agreement that, through a previous competition divided into twenty lots, will jointly encompass all the companies responsible for the award of drafting works and their execution generated by the Torrevieja City Council in the coming years.
Torrevieja has multiple lands classified as green areas and public property that have not been executed, received or have not been preserved for decades. Especially in peripheral residential tourist areas.
The lack of personnel prevents all hospitals from having Cardiac Rehabilitation units
Cardiac Rehabilitation Units have been shown to reduce mortality and the appearance of complications in patients who have suffered a heart attack or angina pectoris. However, not all hospitals in the Valencian Community or in the province have this service.
Specifically, in the province of Alicante there are three centres – Hospital de Sant Joan, Marina Baixa and Orihuela – that still do not have this unit. All three serve a population of almost 600,000 people. “The lack of personnel is the big problem to be able to start a Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, since in addition to cardiologists, physiotherapists and nurses are necessary,” laments Lorenzo Fácile, president of the Valencian Society of Cardiology, who participates in the XXXIX Congress of Cardiovascular Diseases of the Valencian Community, which these days is being held at the Meliá Hotel in Alicante.
In the Valencian Community as a whole, the situation is worse, since, according to Fácile, half of the hospitals do not have this service, which treats patients a few days after suffering a heart attack or angina pectoris so that they start exercising to faster recovery of the physical, psychological and socio-occupational state of people with cardiovascular disease. According to a study published in the Spanish Journal of Cardiology, the ten-year survival of patients who have been treated in these units is 91.8%, compared to 81.7% of those who have not been through a Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. In addition, complications were reduced from 63% to 35%.
During the conference held in Alicante, the most prevalent diseases that affect the cardiovascular system and that have changed radically in recent years have been discussed. “Before, the most prevalent disease was hypertension and ischemic heart disease, now heart failure is in the first place,” explains Julio Núñez, cardiologist at the Clinical Hospital of Valencia.
The increase in life expectancy is behind this increase in cases of heart failure, a disease that causes exhaustion of the heart, which does not perform its function well and therefore the blood supply does not reach all tissues. The main symptom is that the patient chokes. In recent years, new medications and new treatments have changed the course of this disease. “A few years ago, 30% of patients died of heart failure a year after hospital admission and in those who were stable, mortality was 50%, the outlook was worse than that of advanced cancer,” adds Núñez. The appearance of new specific drugs for this disease and the opening of exclusive units in hospitals to care for heart failure patients have gradually reversed this statistic.
Half a million euros for industrial estates
The main industrial estates of Elche will see improvements worth half a million euros that will consist of creating bike lanes and facilitating access to urban bus stops. The City Council has ratified modification number 11 of the 2022 budget for the generation of credits to make room for a subsidy of 515,000 euros from the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) with which to pay for improvements in Elche Business Park and in the Altabix industrial estates and Carrus.
Specifically, 197,222 euros will be invested for the implementation of a bike lane on Severo Ochoa Boulevard, in addition to improving vertical and horizontal signage, canopies and accessibility to bus stops in the Business Park; 121,109 euros for the construction of the bike lane on Mallorca street in the Polígono de Altabix within the interior round project, section three; and 197,122 euros to install canopies and improve accessibility at transport stops in the Polígono de Carrús.
On the other hand, the governing board has decided to apply for a nominative grant of 335,000 euros from the +Cerca 2022 Plan of the Diputación for the project to improve and modernise the pavement and the vertical and horizontal signalling of the Ronda Norte. The municipal action, which amounts to 1.2 million euros, plans to intervene in the three kilometres.
Urbanism promotes the suspension of licences in the surroundings of the Plaza de Toros to stop "harmful" constructions
The intention of the City Council of Alicante, through the Department of Urbanism, to “undertake the complete management of all the land included in the Integrated Operation OI/4 (Fábrica de Tabacos-Campoamor), including the reorganisation of those that are currently included in the Special Plan for the Reorganisation of the Surroundings of the Plaza de Toros”, since “some of its determinations are incompatible with the new organisation that is intended for the area, taking into account that there are relevant elements included in the Catalogue of Protections that is currently being processed”, has led the department headed by Adrián Santos Pérez to promote the suspension of the processing and granting of licences for parcelling out land, building and demolition around the Plaza de Toros.
As specified in the proposed agreement, the suspension of subdivision licences will be suspended in any case, as well as demolition licences, while “in building licences, the suspension refers to newly built building works, as well as works to increase the height of existing buildings and installations”. Likewise, “the granting of urban guarantee certificates” will be suspended.
This measure seeks, among other objectives, “the inclusion of the Plaza de Toros, with the category of Property of Local Relevance, in the Catalogue of Protections provisionally approved by the Plenary Session of the City Council in September 2020, which entails the need to define the protection environment of the BRL, at the request of the Ministry of Culture, which will result in building conditions that are different from those currently envisaged”.
The councillor for Urban Planning, on the other hand, adds that the current planning “is very aggressive” with the surroundings of the Plaza de Toros, where there are many plots to be built. “We want the conditions for building to not be harmful, promoting traditional building criteria,” says the mayor
As established in article 68 of the Territorial Planning, Urban Planning and Landscape Law, “the suspension will have a maximum duration of two years”. Of course, the term will be interrupted, with the suspension lifted, “if, after a year, the plan proposal is not submitted to public exhibition.” After the public exposure of the plan that is processed, the suspension will be resumed, until the maximum period of two years is completed, explains Urbanism in the proposed agreement that will be addressed in the Urbanism Commission convened for next Wednesday, 18 May (10:30 a.m.).
The suspension of land subdivision, building and demolition licences within the scope of the Special Plan for the reorganisation of the surroundings of the Plaza de Toros is the only point included on the agenda.
Benidorm counts down the hours for Eurovision: the assembly of the stage and screens begins to see the Turin final
Lights, sound, a stage and three giant screens. Benidorm is already counting down the hours for the Eurovision final and for the “Pre Party Benidorm Fest Eurovision” that will take place in the city on the occasion of this musical contest. Plaza de la Hispanidad will be the epicentre of the celebration before Chanel and her song “SloMo” take to the Italian stage to try to win.
This Friday is assembly day and at a frenetic pace; all this activity aroused the curiosity of many of the residents and tourists who walked through this area and those who were sitting on the terraces of the bars. Cables, lights, loudspeakers, as well as a stage next to the “tecnomilestone” and three giant screens in this square also known as Triangular will allow you to follow in detail what happens in the Turin final starting at 9:00 p.m. But first, it will be the epicentre of the party that the city has prepared to liven up the wait until then.
The Councillor for Events, Jesús Carrobles, indicated that “we are finalising the assembly so that everything is ready for the big event on Saturday.” Thus, the technicians were busy this morning putting everything in its place, from the stage to the screens, three in total, distributed in various areas of the square. When everything is in place, “the lighting tests will be done tonight” to check that everything works without light. Thus, the tests will continue this Saturday, starting at 3:00 p.m., “for the sound” with rehearsals also for the performances that will take place in the afternoon at the “Pre Party”.
However, there is another element that will be the protagonist this Saturday: the “tecnomilestone” of the Plaza de la Hispanidad. Thus, the event will serve for its official start-up as a differentiating element. This 18-metre-high tower that forms a circular screen will serve to project images of the city and also related to the Eurovision Song Contest.