Tuesday, December 7

Three neighborhood associations of Carrús refuse to lose 120 parking spaces in Elche

Elevation and plan views of how the street will be when the City Council carries out the work. | ELCHE CITY COUNCIL

The idea of decarbonize one of the neighborhood’s most crowded roads and humanize it through a unique platform (sidewalks at the same height as the road) that Carrús PSOE and Compromís want to take, as they have done in the center, it has not caught on very well among the neighbors. And all because, as they say, parking in the neighborhood right now is already an impossible mission.

The transformation of this vial will mean having to dispense with the two parking strips that there is in a street that has a circulation road and with garages and premises, whose accesses are going to be respected.

«People no longer have a place to park and many of them go from the Plaza de Barcelona to the river to find a space. The neighborhood is saturated with more, by the lack of places. It is absurd that they take more places away from us, ”explains Juan Curiel, spokesman for the Porfirio Pascual neighborhood association. So much so that residents of this part of the city have seen in recent years how a park, the Fernández Ordóñez, has become a makeshift parking lot attended by residents of Carrús, as well as drivers who go downtown to work and they run into the same problem.

This is also the daily bread of those who live closer to the Primero de Mayo square, some even have to resort to the Carrús industrial park to park because they cannot find it on the streets of the neighborhood. «There are many people who have problems parking and we do not see it well that more free parking is charged, using the bus more instead of the private car is fine, but right now the bus is not agile or economical enough, people have that going to work in industrial estates or Aspe and public transport does not always adapt to all schedules “, explains Salvador Mateo, president of the Association of Neighbors of Plaza Barcelona, ​​Primero de Mayo, Joan Fuster and adjacent streets.

From this group they also regret that the City Council has not consulted with the residents about the project, who are directly affected, with the aim of having reached some kind of consensus.

More blunt are shown even from the association Carrús, Camino de los Magros and adjacent. “There is no one to park on this street, what do we do, do we eat the cars?” criticizes Irnaldo Santos, secretary of the group, who regrets that if the City Council continues with its project, not everyone will be able to afford to rent a space or pay to park in a parking lot. “If you charge four bitches, who can afford it?” He wonders.

This is one of the concerns shared by the other two neighborhood associations in the neighborhood. That of Porfirio Pascual claims that, at least, if the government team opts for this alternative, that of enabling a paid parking as a counterpart to removing 120 spaces in Olegario Domarco Seller, is at reasonable prices.

Precisely, the municipal technicians who have drawn up the remodeling project have recommended offsetting the negative effects of this decrease in parking.

The alternative they give is the construction of an underground car park that would be located on the site that currently exists between Juan Maciá Esclápez street and Padre Palau street. However, this is only a recommendation.


The justification given by the City Council to undertake this important transformation in Carrús it is that it is a neighborhood with a lack of green areas and spaces for pedestrians. Furthermore, the project points out that the work is a “determined bet to modify the type of city, and test a more friendly and sustainable city model, achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions”.

The local executive also considers that give priority to the pedestrian and Cycling against motorized traffic is a useful strategy to compensate for the lack of green areas in the neighborhood. Regarding this, there are neighbors who share that Carrús needs more green areas and others who see it more appropriate to improve other existing garden spaces because they consider that they are abandoned. They put as an example, the side of the river, between the railway bridge and the Casablanca neighborhood, an area that they see very deteriorated, compared to other points of the channel closer to the center.

For this «green corridor» that wants to make the City Council connecting Carrús with the Vinalopó They plan to plant groups of deciduous trees of the same species to temper the summer heat and winter cold. Likewise, what the City Council intends with the pedestrianization of Olegario Domarco Seller street is that the work generates a recreational space and a place of stay for the neighbors. For this reason, a single platform pavement is proposed that breaks the linearity of the street. What they propose is to alter the traditional structure of the street distributed in longitudinal strips and thus achieve an undulating shape, which invites a freer and more human movement, and, most importantly, a very slow speed for vehicles.

On the other hand, the municipal objective is that the vehicles park only in the places designated by signs or by brands that will be located outside the pedestrianized street. The future road will be divided into three large differentiated sections. The first will be between Ramón Vicente Serrano street to Camino dels Magros street. The second, between Camino dels Magros to Manuel Vicente Pastor and the third, between Manuel Vicente Pastor to Joaquín Cartagena Baile street. According to the project, at the junction with calle José Romero López and with Ramón Vicente Serrano they intend to give total priority to pedestrians.

To do this, the pedestrian pavement will be extended with an interruption of the asphalt. At the intersection with Camino de los Magros, they will give priority to motorized vehicles, respecting the existing traffic light.


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