Wednesday, October 20

The Catalan Ombudsman admits a complaint for lack of responses to pedestrianization in Alcoy

Calle San Nicolás de Alcoy at the junction with La Cordeta, which will take over part of its traffic.

Calle San Nicolás de Alcoy at the junction with La Cordeta, which will take over part of its traffic.

The Síndic de Greuges has admitted the complaint of an individual due to the lack of response from the Alcoy City Council to the allegations that he presented to the pedestrianization plan of the historic center. According to the documentation to which this newspaper has had access, the institution understands that what is exposed by this person is susceptible to investigation and, therefore, has initiated an action to determine if the circumstance that it formulates has occurred.

The interested party, a resident of Alcoy, assures that he has not received any response from the City Council, but has simply learned that all have been rejected after it was indicated in the municipal plenary session. In addition, it maintains that no other natural or legal person who presented allegations has not been answered either, despite the fact that, it recalls, more than 1,040 were formulated, “including those of all the Alcoy Neighborhood Associations.” The person making the complaint criticizes that the arguments against the plan were thrown back “without explanation.”

The brief presented to the Catalan Ombudsman is brief, but the neighbor in question considers that the ordinance that regulates the pedestrianization plan “violates fundamental rights” such as access to housing, or by setting a maximum number of vehicles per address that can be obtained. permission to enter the restricted area as residents. Now it will be the Valencian Ombudsman who determines if it could have happened as this issue maintains and makes a recommendation to the City Council, or if, on the contrary, it does not appreciate any inappropriate action. For the moment, he has asked you for the relevant documentation.

The pedestrianization ordinance has already entered into force and will begin to be launched on March 29, as this newspaper indicated yesterday. From that day on, Calle San Lorenzo will be completely closed to traffic, with the sole exception of urban public transport, while Calle San Nicolás will have the sole direction of traffic from Plaza de España to El Camí. Since yesterday, those interested in obtaining a permit to access these roads at the established hours can already do so. In addition to residents, these permits are valid for garage space owners and business providers, as well as delivery drivers, among others.

The ordinance was approved in October 2020 with the votes in favor of PSOE, Guanyar and Podem, but it also had the abstention of PP and Compromís, and Cs and Vox spoke out against it. These latest positions are a sign of the rejection of the plan raised by residents and merchants in the center. In fact, it was this pressure that led to the total closure of San Nicolás, originally planned, being postponed. However, as the Councilor for Mobility, Jordi Martínez, recalled on Monday, this street will also end up being cut in both directions in the next phase of the project, once several car parks have been enabled.

The absence of consensus, the main argument against

The allegations to the pedestrianization plan, 1,044 in total, were presented in the municipal registry on December 2. As the main argument, the voices against maintain that there has been no consensus with neighbors and merchants to carry out the project. Another highlight has been the rejection of the cutting of San Lorenzo and San Nicolás streets, as they are main arteries whose alternative routes can be more problematic for traffic.

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