Residents decide where Costa Blanca's Benidorm money goes

Most Benidorm residents want the municipality’s participatory budget to be used to improve accessibility.
Each year the town hall allocates at least 5% of its spending to projects chosen by the local population.
In 2019 this amounted to €553,000 and this year’s suggestions were recently presented to the town hall by Teresa Garrido and Manuel Sanchez Notario, vice-presidents of the Residents’ Committee.
More than 100 proposals were received, Garrido revealed: “And above all, residents made suggestions linked to accessibility and public spaces.”
These included an escalator for the extremely steep Glorieta Carrasco that links to Calle Ruzafa and the Aiguera park.
“We know this is an ambitious project with an economic cost requiring careful study,” Garrido continued.
Some residents would like to see Plaza de las Tiendas in La Cala, currently used for parking, converted into a pedestrian area while others suggested moving the low, round bollards that line Calle Denia.
The proposals will now be studied by municipal specialists who will assess their technical and economic viability before deciding which should have a share in the 5% allocation.

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