The mayor of Xàbia reaches an agreement with residents to leave the camí Soberana and the calle Italia as one-way streets in the future PGOU (General Urban Town Plan).

The mayor of Xàbia, José Chulvi, and councillor, Isabel Bolufer, met yesterday morning with representatives of the residents of calle La Soberana and a group of the residents of C/ Italia.
Both neighbourhood groups had expressed their concern about the plans for their roads in the draft General Structural Plan. In the case of Soberana it was proposed to convert it into a two-way street with two pavements, increasing the width to 12 metres, which would affect private properties. Likewise, C/Italia was planned as a connection between the Jesus Pobre and Gata roads, for two-way traffic, pavements and a bike lane, the reason why its width was planned to extend to 16 metres.
After listening to the residents of both zones, the local government has shown its commitment to dialogue in finding an agreed alternative. It has been agreed to reduce the size of these roads making them one way only.
In the case of camí Soberana, the mayor has proposed to the association to draft the road in the PGOU as it is today, without changing a centimetre. However, the association acknowledged the need to adapt it to the 21st century, that is, improve their safety with pavements and services such as public lighting and sewerage. Thus, the executive will increase it in the PGOU to eight metres maximum width and with a layout similar to that already designated in the 1990 plans, which were never developed.
Meanwhile, in C/ Italia, the owners were in favour of leaving it as it was already planned by the 1990 PGOU (which is also pending development): 8 metres wide. The Town Council explained that this will mean that, at the time when the planning will evolve, it will become a one-way street to comply with the minimum measures that the legislation states, which they have agreed to.
Chulvi has insisted that with the general guidelines of the General Structural Plan, now in the public exposition stage and therefore open to changes and suggestions, the executive has room for such solutions. The planning proposal declassifies up to 7 million square metres of land for development, because of the reduced growth in the population and therefore, widening streets is not a priority.
The mayor has shown his willingness to negotiate solutions that comply with the idea of protectionist and sustainable urban planning, which is the flagship objective of his government: compatible with protecting the territory in relation to the future needs of the municipality and, above all, to ensure that Xàbia maintains its identity.

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