2nd August 2017
50 residents met on Monday evening to discuss the effect
of the Granadella 'park-and-ride' pilot project on their
neighbourhood and community, the consequence of which
had been described last month as a 'living hell' after
streets had become clogged with parked cars and driveways
blocked by vehicles as well as an increase in rubbish
strewn across the area.
nationalities who have homes in the zone were represented,
including Spanish, English, German, French and Dutch.
Councillor Kika Mata, whose department was responsible
for setting up the pìlot, had offered to attend
the meeting to explain the purpose of the project and
explore solutions with the residents but the organisers
requested that she not attend.
meeting lasted some two hours and it was clear
that the majority of those who attended objected to
the location of the car-park and the method of the implementation
of the project as a whole. They considered that it lacked
in-depth assessment, logical analysis of potential problems
which they said had already occurred as well as the
effect of the local residents by transferring the problems
suffered by those in Granadella in previous summers
to the Costa Nova zone.
issues that concerned the residents included:
the clear lack of consultation with residents in Costa
- the ad-hoc implementation to date;
- the lack of clarity and the incongruity in the objectives of the project and
the criteria used to determine the success of the project;
- fire safety implications
which was of extreme concern to residents
particularly since Costa Nova was severely affected by evacuation last year
during the fire emergency;
- other health and safety issues, such sanitation, visual pollution, dust,
rubbish, noise, extra potential for traffic accidents, etc.;
- other effects on residents
such as the quality of life and the partial
destruction of a much loved green zone etc.;
- concerns regarding large numbers of people in the coves in high season in the
event of a disaster/emergency scenario.
meeting also discussed solutions and sites to achieve
the same objectives, such as a public and commercial
bus service operating privately running from the town centre to serve all the coves and miradors which
would potentially have no costs to residents of Xàbia and the Ayuntamiento.
(A public bus service between the town and Cap de la
Nau was suspended a few years ago.) Many other potential idea and
solutions where put forward and discussed.
The meeting resolutions included:
- a mandate for a small team to
represent the residents in discussion with the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia;
- to compile a full report of the meeting and make representation to key
members of the Ayuntamiento to include mayor Jose Chulvi and councillors
Kika Mata (Services), Isabel Bolufer (Urban Planning),
Doris Courcelles (Urbanisations) and Pepa Gisbert (Public Safety);
- to undertake a petition in Spanish, English, German, Dutch and French and
present this to the Ayuntamiento;
- to commission an independent fire safety assessment
The group stressed that they want to work with the Ayuntamientol to achieve a
positive outcome that will both meet the requirements of a safe solution to the
Granadella parking issue and that will satisfy the residents serious and valid
concerns. It is in the interests of both the residents and the Ayuntamiento to achieve
a long lasting solution, and this is surely the best possible outcome for
achieve this, the group is to request meetings with the above councillors to engage
with Costa Nova residents within the next two weeks.
fire and risk assessment was carried out by a company
called Euratex Ltd on the morning of Wednesday
2nd August with the following comments from the initial
"I don't think the council have quite grasped
the fact that once a fire takes hold there will be nobody around to tackle a
fire which will consume dozens of unoccupied motor vehicles in a very short
space of time. I surveyed the site on a quiet day. One evacuation
route was partially blocked to the extent that a fire engine would not be able
to access the site easily. On a busy day I believe that the two secondary
routes would be blocked and the main evacuation route partially blocked. In 40 years of fire and explosion
risk assessment it is fair to say this is the most poorly conceived and
dangerous layout I have ever surveyed. There is a total disregard for the
safety of the users and residents. The users themselves have a blatant
disregard for the environment and their own safety. Quite how the council
can reconcile this after sustaining an extensive fire in the area without major
injury or death is quite extraordinary."
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