The Mayor of Almuñécar had promised that the work on the Paseo del Altillo road would be concluded by Christmas – she didn’t mention which.
The fact is that here we are, inching up to mid-month January and the completion of the said work is still at least a month away, according to sources in the Town Hall.
With the conclusion of the work on the Avenida de Andalucia last month, the Paseo road has been closed completely to traffic – they hadn’t done this before, maintaining it open in the afternoons, because closing both the Avenida de Andalucía and the Paseo del Altillo would have produced traffic chaos, mutiny and global collapse.
So, with the Paseo road completely closed to traffic, workmen can now get cracking all day long instead of just during the mornings. Yes, seeing any workman getting “cracking” is indeed a rare sight, but let us not digress.
Whatever the case, the opposition parties are highly critical of the Paseo work, considering it a waste of public funds (180,000 euros) whilst some even put down this reformist zeal to a hankering for marching the Easter Thrones along there with sufficient room to set up viewing stands for the teary-eyed dignitaries.
Now the thing is that both the Benavides administrations and the Trinidad Herrera ones have justified the eradication of surface parking, replacing it with Heathrow-runway-like pedestrian walkways, with the keeping in line with the trend of tourist towns to “return urban centres to the pedestrian.” However, this latest Altillo reform has done completely the opposite; i.e., removing pedestrian pavement in order to widen roads.
Some consider that Almuñécar doesn’t need a plague of sprawling paseos, which are deserted except for certain weeks of the year, instead of normal paths, pavements and walkways and that what is needed is somewhere to bloody well park, but they are lost voices in the wilderness of bureaucratic couldn’t-give-a-damn.
We ask our readers: would you prefer 3-metre-wide pavements or somewhere to park with ease that will not set you back a month’s salary?
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)