The residents of Benidorm have presented around 80 proposals for analysis and inclusion in thDelarticipatory Budget for 2021, as reported by the councilor for the area, Ana Pellicer, who recalled that “for this year they have been reserved in the municipal accounts 605,000 euros for projects and actions proposed by residents, thus reaching a new investment record ”.
Pellicer recalled that “due to the health emergency situation, this year the procedure for submitting and analyzing the proposals had to be changed.” Specifically, for about a month and until December 29, those registered in Benidorm were able to present their proposals in the General Registry, by email or through the new Citizen Participation platform. “Once all the proposals presented have been compiled, a Prioritization Commission created by the Neighborhood Council itself will establish the order of the proposals based on the evaluation criteria included in the Autorregulation of thDelarticipatory Budget”, Has specified.
This Commission is expected to meet next week to select and prioritize the proposals received, for later –the week of January 18- transfer to the City Council the definitive list of actions, which will be analyzed by municipal technicians to determine their viability and cost, incorporating those that can be executed into thDelarticipatory Budget.
Pellicer has highlighted “the good reception that this Participatory Budgeting process has had, even exceeding the number of proposals received compared to other calls, which shows that the public is increasingly involved in the process, knowing that the City Council complies and that year after year, since 2016, it executes the proposed actions ”.
Thus, the mayor recalled that “among the actions developed in these five years within the framework of thDelarticipatory Budget are, for example, the rehabilitation of the access to Levante beach in thDellTorpedo Torrejó area, building the pedestrian walkway to connect the neighborhood of Els Tolls with thDelalau d’Esports, the installation of traffic lights for deaf-blind people, or the placement of adapted children’s games in the parks of ElcFigueroal’Aigüera, in addition to numerous works that have made the city’s neighborhoods much more accessible ”.
Pellicer thanked the Neighborhood Council for their “great work”, since “without their great contribution thDelarticipatory Budget and compliance with each of the proposals incorporated each year in it would not be possible.”
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