Redován Town Council is to start converting the old municipal gymnasium into training classrooms. The Councillor for Education, Rebeca Martínez, explains that these facilities “will initially accommodate the students of the Sagrados Corazones School who have to move due to the extension work on this centre, and will then remain open for training courses which may be organised in our municipality by the Town Council or other institutions or organisations”.
The councillor for Town Planning, José Nájar, explained the work to be carried out, which involves the creation of six classrooms on the ground floor and first floor with their corresponding toilets and service areas. The constructed surface area of the project is 638.14 metres spread over the two floors. “On the ground floor there will be a covered access, the entrance and distribution, two toilets, a multi-purpose room and two classrooms, while on the first floor there will be a distributor that will serve two offices and four other classrooms”.
Basically, said Nájar, “it is about redistributing the current spaces to the existing educational needs of our municipality”, and among other things it will be provided with accessibility through a ramp and handrail at the entrance, change of lighting, review of electrical installations, plumbing and sanitation and placement of a security fence to prevent access to the existing staircase when leaving the centre.
Last Friday a visit was made to the facilities together with representatives of the company that is going to carry out the adaptation once the contract has been awarded so that work can begin in the next few days. This is the first phase of the project carried out by local architect Alejandra Fernández Mateo.
Redován 23/5/2022. Redován Town Council has launched the tendering process for the works on Calle Abajo. This street, located in the heart of the old part of the town, has obsolete sewage and drainage networks, which led the Redován Council to apply for funds from the Alicante Provincial Council’s Plan + Water 2021, which will cover the 150,000 euro budget for the work. The councillor for Town Planning, José Nájar, reports that the malfunctioning of the water infrastructure in Calle Abajo, given its age, causes constant breaks, “with the consequent inconvenience for the people who live there”, and adds that the planned action will not only completely remodel the underground pipes, “but will make this street much more accessible, as it will be redeveloped on a single platform, with no difference in height between pavements and roadway, maintaining the aesthetics of nearby streets in the old town that have already been remodelled”.
The works project indicates that the current sewerage network consists of concrete pipes, of small diameter and with hardly any house connections. With regard to the sewerage system, the pipework is also of insufficient diameter, added to the age of the network, while the water supply network has the same problems of age and breakdowns, which has led to excessive maintenance costs and constant water losses. On top of all this, the network is not meshed, so when there are breakdowns the number of users affected is greater than it should be.
The work will consist of replacing all the pipes in the sewage and water supply networks and then resurfacing the street with prefabricated cobblestones in which the road and pavement will be colour-coded. For José Nájar, “with these improvements, Calle Abajo will gain in terms of infrastructure, accessibility and image”. The execution period will be four months once the work has been awarded to a company and work begins.
The Town Council of Redován has launched, through the Town Planning Department, the annual campaign to clean up plots of land, through which owners of undeveloped land in the municipality are reminded that it is necessary to keep them in good condition to avoid the appearance of insects and rodents that cause inconvenience to the public. The councillor for Town Planning, José Nájar, has been in charge of presenting this campaign “for which on this occasion we have chosen to send a letter to all owners of plots of land in Redován urging them to clean up before 15 June, after which date the Local Police will monitor whether or not this has been done and the appropriate measures will be taken by the Town Council”. Nájar pointed out that this year, “instead of issuing a Bando de Alcaldía as has been done on other occasions, we have chosen to distribute this poster around the town, which is much more visual and which we think will reach more people who can see it”.
If I can do it, you can do it’, is the slogan of this campaign, which has also adopted the hashtag #RedovánMásLimpio that will accompany the publications that will be made every week on social networks. “The idea is to create a weekly photo album in which we can review the plots that are being cleaned”.
Since 2020, Redován has had a Municipal Ordinance on Neighbourhood Coexistence which establishes the obligation to maintain these plots in hygienic and healthy conditions. The municipal responsible has recalled that this regulation establishes fines for those who do not clean their plots “which can range from 750 to 1,500 euros, but I have to say that this campaign has no desire to collect money, but the only thing we intend from the City Council is that the land is cleaned and that, thereby, their owners contribute to our municipality is cleaner and do not generate problems of coexistence between neighbours.
Nájar pointed out that “the best time to carry out the clean-up is precisely now, during the months of May and June, and this year it is more than necessary, given that the rains in March and April have caused the plants to grow a lot and have brought forward the nuisance of mosquitoes and other types of insects”. He thanked those who have already done their duty and appealed to those who have not yet done so to get started as soon as possible.
Redován Town Council is calling for the cancellation of the Vega Baja Territorial Action Plan as proposed by the Generalitat Valenciana. This document, which sets out the future development of the region, cancels, in the case of Redován, the development of two residential sectors and one industrial sector totalling 232,500.70 square metres. The allegation presented by the Redován Town Council revolves around these developments which, according to the PAT, would once again be considered as green infrastructure, and the damage this would mean for the municipal coffers. The councillor for Town Planning, José Nájar, has put the loss of investment in the municipality at more than 195 million euros “taking into account that, according to the Valencian Institute of Building, the average cost of construction is 720 euros per square metre and 120 euros per square metre for the cost of urbanisation, if we multiply the square metres that would no longer be developed by the 840 euros cost per square metre, the investment lost is 195,300,588 euros”.
This, in turn, has a direct impact on public finances which, as reflected in the allegation, “has not been taken into account”, the councillor points out. The loss of income from IBI, IAE, IVTM, ICIO, IVTNU and taxes would amount to 1,145 euros per inhabitant per year, so that if the 1,931 homes planned in the two residential sectors are no longer built, and taking into account an average of 2.5 people per home, the municipal coffers will not receive 5.2 million euros each year. “The PAT does not foresee the socio-economic impact it will have on the municipalities, so we consider that this alone is sufficient reason for its annulment,” Nájar points out. The municipal official adds that the local administrations “are faced with a huge problem, as the economic consequences of the TAP have not been evaluated and, therefore, we will not be able to make a forecast of future growth”.
From the Redován government team “we want the particularities of the Vega Baja in general and those of Redován in particular to be taken into account”. In Nájar’s opinion, it is necessary to plan for the future, but it is necessary to articulate “the growth of each municipality together with that of the rest of the region, to achieve a structured territory through the infrastructure we need (water, roads, etc.) and which is not reflected in the PAT”. The Town Council considers that, given that the urban development sectors that are to be extinguished for their integration as green infrastructure are developed in accordance with the regulations in the General Urban Development Plan, “the PAT does not provide sufficient reasons for their declassification”.
The councillor for Town Planning at Redován Town Hall, José Nájar, today gave a press conference detailing the Flood Prevention Plan for the municipality, which was approved by the Town Council last November. This document is the central theme of a Spokesmen’s Meeting that was also held today in the Consistory redovanense with the assistance of the technical drafters of the plan, both external and municipal, to explain the detail to all parties with municipal representation. “From the government team we want all the citizens of Redován can also know it, since it is the document that will serve us in the coming years as a guide to carry out a series of actions, ten in total, to avoid problems in our streets when there are episodes of torrential rains,” said the councillor.
The plan details the problems that exist in Redován in the event of heavy rainfall and establishes a series of solutions to be implemented. The first two will be paid for with the funds that the Generalitat’s Plan Vega Renhace has made available to the local councils in the region, 400,000 euros with which two actions will be carried out. One of them will be in the Plaza Pablo VI, so that an underground tank can be reused as an urban drainage system, in addition to redeveloping the green area on the surface. The second action involves a landscaping intervention in the Ermita area, continuing with those that have been carried out previously, which will restore vegetation to the area known as La Pinada, which has historically been affected by flooding.
The total amount of the Flood Master Plan exceeds 22 million euros, “so we must be aware that it is a roadmap that we hope can be implemented in the long term,” said Nájar. The town planning councillor explained that the Town Hall is going to apply for all possible aid to obtain the necessary funds to move forward as soon as possible, and has indicated that the next source of funding may be the European Union, “which has another call for proposals underway in which we can opt to obtain another 400,000 euros”.
For Nájar, this plan is important “insofar as it detects the problems we have and provides solutions to them”. According to the document, in the event of heavy rains, Redován receives water from seven ravines in the mountains that pour directly into the town centre; an eighth that isolates the Barrio San Carlos from the town centre in the event of not excessively heavy rains; various runoffs that pour into both the Barrio del Rincón and Barrio San Carlos, and the water flows that come from the Rambla de Abanilla and its forks (Rambla Redován and Rambla Culebra).
The actions proposed, in addition to those already indicated in Pablo VI and in the area of La Ermita, include the installation of drainage systems in the Acequia Mayor; extension of the drainage network in the town centre, the construction of a storm tank in a municipal green area; extension of the drainage network in the road connecting the town centre and the San Carlos neighbourhood and extension of the drains in San Carlos; drainage systems in the area of El Cabezo; sensorisation and action in the ravines that affect the urban area.
Nájar insisted that this is a guide for actions that will have to be carried out in the coming years based on the funds available. He recalled that this plan is being implemented with some of the problems we had in Redován in the process of being solved, as in the case of the Barrio María Ros, where the Provincial Council of Alicante is carrying out work to prevent flooding in the streets. The intention is to opt for all the aid that is made available to us by all the institutions”.
Redován will have a complete, fully municipal racquetball area in the Los Pasos Sports Centre once the project, which has already begun to be processed by the Town Planning Department, is completed. Councillor José Nájar explained that the project, which involves the creation of a new paddle tennis court and the repair of the two existing tennis courts in this sports area, is financed with funds from the Alicante Provincial Council’s +Deporte plan and has a basic tender budget of 48,399.76 euros.
The execution project has been drawn up by the Redovan architect Sergio Pina Belmonte and includes the creation of the paddle tennis court. This will be located on the esplanade next to the access to the heated swimming pool, while the two existing tennis courts will also be repaired. Among the improvements to be added to what was initially planned is the repair of the exterior paving around the paddle tennis court, which currently has an irregular and deteriorated finish, as well as the installation of two benches to serve the court.
The Councillor for Sports, Ramón López Escarabajal, said that with this work “we are completing one of the busiest areas of our sports centre in both summer and winter, and we are giving the many paddle tennis fans in Redován the chance to practice this sport in a municipal facility which until now did not exist”.
At today’s meeting, the Local Government Board approved the basic project and the execution of the works, which, once they get underway, could be ready in three months