ORIHUELA HAS THE MOST Q QUALITY FLAGS IN VALENCIA
Following on from the successful acquisition of the Blue Flag awards, the Orihuela Costa has also received the coveted “Q” for quality flag for seven of the coast´s beaches.
With seven “Qualitur” flags flying on the beaches, the Orihuela Costa has more than any other municipality in the Valencia region, with Torrevieja, Benidorm, Valencia, Sagunto and Castellón all winning six. Across the Alicante province there will be 38 “Q” flags flying in the 11 municipalities.
Whereas the Qualitur flags recognize clean water measure monitoring to ensure the safety of bathers, sanitation, recreation areas and recreational facilities, as well as the environmental protection measures, they can also be added to the confirmed standards of the Blue Flags, as well as the International certification of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which have also been awarded to Orihuela.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Orihuela, Monserrate Guillén, along with the Councillor for the coast, Martina Scheurer, accompanied by Bob Houliston from the Claro political group, all visited the work on renewing the paseo maritimo at Punta Prima on Thursday.
With a budget of 140,000 euro, the paving is being replaced along most of the walkway in the Orihuela Costa zone of the area, with new, anti-slip paving stones being installed, which are also sturdy enough to take the weight of the automatic street cleaning machines in order to maintain the appearance in the future.
Although there was a delay in starting the work, it is progressing well and should be completed in time for summer, and had been requested by the visiting auditors of the Blue Flag standards, so will also go towards ensuring the accreditation in the future.
The delegation also visited the newly opened footbridge over the motorway at La Zenia, one of three new bridges now in place, this one being long requested by the many pedestrians and cyclist who travel along the Villamartin and La Zenia road, who previously had to travel along the narrow passage with the cars and truck moving along the road, with considerable risk to safety.
Although there are still elements to be completed, such as lowering the pavement to allow mobility access, as well as creating a pedestrian crossing, already the route provides for a much safer passage over this popular route.
This bridge, along with the one near the yet to be finished school, had a budget of 809,000 euro, and were funded by local developer Marcos y Bañuls SL, who is also funding the improvements to the paseo maritimo. In response to the question about funding, Guillén pointed out that the government team “would have liked to have a municipal budget for such works”, but constraints do not allow for that to happen.
Meanwhile, Scheurer said that both her and the government team were insistent that the money from the coastal developments was spent on the Orihuela Costa, such is the case at Punta Prima.
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