The charming White Town of Estepona is stepping up its green credentials with the launch of a new Town Hall campaign titled “12 months, 12 neighbourhoods.”
In a numbers game highlighting 3,000 maintenance activities to be completed in 2015, two million square metres of the city centre have been divided into 12 sectors – one for each month of the year – to be developed with a program of intensive cleaning, painting, lighting, landscaping and infrastructure improvements.
While the objective is to give Estepona an all-round facelift across its urban core, the works are targeted to solve specific issues related to each neighbourhood as a direct result of requests from local residents.
During the launch of the campaign last week, Estepona mayor José María García Urbano described it as an “open and participatory” plan devised in collaboration with residents aiming for continuous improvement of the historic centre under the town´s General Urban Plan.
According to Estepona finance councillor, Manuel Aguilar, residents of the 12 areas have endured “a historic injustice paying the same taxes, but receiving less than other local citizens of Estepona,” identifying them as “a priority” after being “the great forgotten” for decades.
In addition to its 25,000 square metre asphalt plan have many houses for sale in Estepona, further resurfacing works in the coming weeks will see a second round of road repairs to bring them to a high standard, as well as improved connections between residential areas to reduce the distances locals have to travel while new equipment and services such as the city bus now connecting the suburbs with the town, residential areas and educational centres.
Key areas of Estepona to receive the green treatment are Los Remedios, Islas Canarias, El Cid, Los Albañiles, Conjunto Andalucía, Isabel Simón, El Marqués, the Arroyo Enmedio Complex, Arroyo Vaquero roundabout, Cancelada Post Office and new parkland in Cancelada close to the Paradise Marbella Realty central office.
One thousand homes in the Selwo Park area will benefit from improved lighting as well as the skate park while cultural revitalisation of the neighbourhoods includes an “Artistic Murals Route” enabling visitors and residents to “stroll around the different areas hosting paintings of great quality and originality and discover a new way to enjoy the art.”
Meanwhile the “Poetry Route” through the old town will highlight Polish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wisława Szymborska, as well as French romance poet Victor Hugo and Britain´s premier playwright William Shakespeare.