Almuñécar vs Summer Parking

First it was the PSOE opposition party that voiced the obvious: if something is not done to make parking easier in Almuñécar this summer, then people are going to go elsewhere. Now the Mayor, Trinidad Herrera is juggling with the parking deficit.

Her plan is to make parking costs cheaper; be they Blue Zone or underground car parks. How? By offering weekend or monthly passes. This, she says, will be coupled with provisional parking areas, which will be run by a charitable organisation, who will pocket all takings. Five such areas have been earmarked within Almuñécar and La Herradura, two of which being the P-4 and somewhere along La Herradura beach.

Next, she intends to make Blue-Zone parking times more flexible – eliminating them altogether, she considers, would be an open invitation for people to come along and park their cars all month long without moving it.

The Councillor for Traffic, Juan José Ruiz Joya, says that they are attempting to reach an agreement with the company that runs the Blue Zones, in which the town-centre parking zones will be made cheaper.

The idea is to include a special rate of 20 centimes for 15 minutes, which will be in force along Avenida Juan Carlos I, Avenida de Europa, Plaza Madrid and Calle Baracoa, amongst other streets. The special rate will operate between 09.00h and 14.00h.

Bear in mind that this ‘special rate’ depends entirely upon the Blue Zone company agreeing to it, and if they are going to lose money there, they will want to make it up elsewhere, either by extending blue zoning further, or by charging more on the beach roads, perhaps.

The Mayor, it should be remembered, included the reduction of blue-zoning areas in her electoral pledge, so let’s see.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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