Salobreña Parking Bylaw Passed

At the Plenary Meeting of Salobreña Town Council yesterday morning the new bylaw for Blue Zones was approved unanimously.

SAL Bollards Paseo Road 400x250Furthermore, the underground car park beneath the Municipal Market was included and will be available for parking, at last.

What was approved was a modification to the existing regulations governing the leasing and use of the Blue Zone parking areas, which had become obsolete; designated areas had changed as well as how they are used.

The Blue Zones this summer will be along the beach road, the side streets that link to it, as well as the Avenida del Mediterráneo from the crossroad with Avenida de Andalucía down to the beach road.

Prices are the same as 2014; i.e. one centimo per minute, whereas the parking spaces available are reduced by 36 compared with that year, explained the Councillor for Traffic, Ignacio Trujillo. In 2014 there were 814 parking places, whereas now there are 778.

A new idea that comes into being this year is special parking spaces for families with children under four. This, explained the councillor, is: “preservar la protección de la infancia.” These will be in Zone One on the beach road, where there are already designated spaces for pregnant women and people with mobility problems.

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Maximum occupation for a parking space is five hours for the general public but without limitation for residents or holders of ‘special passes.’

The Blue Zones will be operative each Easter from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. Then, from the end of Easter until summer, they will be operative on Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays only. Summer parking is from the 15th of June until the 15th of September, everyday from 10.00h to 21.00h.

As for the underground car park, it will be open 24/7, said the Councillor.

The Vox Councillor, Manuel Martín Montero, said that it was not fair that the Blue Zones should run all day, as neighbouring towns don’t charge during lunchtime. This, he considered, would put Salobreña at a disadvantage.

The Spokesperson for Ciudadanos, Plácido Leyva, on the other hand, suggested that the blue bollards along the beach road be moved back in order to improve manoeuvring when entering or leaving parking spaces.

He also suggested reserved parking for beachside business owners/staff. The Mayor said that she would study the idea of moving the bollards but said that special considerations for Paseo businesses would be unfair for other businesses where there are Blue Zones.

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

  5 comments for “Salobreña Parking Bylaw Passed

  1. Patrick Barry storey
    May 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Meanwhile in Almargen. A first. Automatic number plate recognition cameras on all roads in and out. We know who you are. !! In Mijas. Planning laws tweaked to allow yet another much needed golf cours to attract more tourists. Us I hope accommodation. Transport. Shops maybe. Makes parking look quaint.

  2. Patrick Barry storey
    May 25, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Could be worse Martin. Could be having a after work or works party.
    Bring your own grub. Wine and boyfriend/girlfriends or Inbetweeners.

  3. May 25, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Patrick: Blue Zones were first brought in over in Almuñécar under the excuse that it was stop people coming on holiday and parking up their car for the duration, normally with a cover over it.

    That problem has long disappeared because nobody can afford to spend their month’s holiday on the coast – not even those that own a holiday flat there.

    Despite this, Blue Zones have been kept on and expanded, turning it into a sizeable income for Town Halls.

    Legally, I’m pretty sure that you can’t charge people for parking on public ways – you already pay for that in your municipal vehicle taxes.

    It’s a miserable con, so much so that earnings are budgeted into the annual accounts. The most telling things is when you check a planned annual budget and you see a large-percentage increase expected in earnings from this area.

    And Pat, ya shouldn’t get me started! 😉

  4. Patrick Barry storey
    May 25, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Aha. My previous has gone.
    Basically I hoped that post covid. The blue bollards would either go or be placed by the present pavement edge. It’s a joke watching people trying to get out from the present parking areas.plus a loss of revenue.

  5. Patrick Barry storey
    May 25, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Hiya. To add to my previous. Why on earth would you want to increase town revenue. Via the cash cow that is the car owner. What’s a whole road of what was normal parking , by pavement.(pretty safe area to off load families).
    Let’s say you could park 150 cars. Five hours a day. Unless your from Salobrena.
    That’s a shed load of cash and safety. Gone because some twit thinks the pavement really isn’t big enough.

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