Traders call for town centre pedestrian plan in Velez-Malaga

PEDESTRIANISED: Velez-Malaga town centre is set to have a car ban.

THE Business and Trade Association in Velez-Malaga is asking for the town centre to be made pedestrian only. In a plan to bring back life to the town centre the association is asking that the streets with most shops in should be traffic free following a similar model set up in Torre del Mar.

The president of the group, Manuel Escaño, pointed out that this has already been carried out near to the coast. He urged the local council to do the same for the town centre, especially one of the main shopping streets, Camino Viejo de Malaga, extending it to calle Canalejas.

He said that more than 100 shops would benefit from the plan and that it would make it more appealing to the public as it has proved to be in other centres such as Ronda, Motril and Antequera.

He also wants Blue Zone parking to be introduced with around 300 places, as well as the creation of underground parking in the area of Pozancon.

For the moment Velez-Malaga town hall is planning to start work in September in Calle del Mar, Torre del Mar. To accustom motorists to the changes new road signs will be placed this May, the councillor for Trade, Emilio Martin, said.

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