A spoiled parking lot too
So much so that over the years, parking lots have been improvised which in reality are not and which call into question the preservation of the natural environment of the side of the river and the safety of the driver himself. However, they are granted by the administration because there is no sign preventing access.
The most pressing case is that of the Mohammed Al Safra Street, a road behind the San José Asylum and CEU University, which is option B for many drivers who cannot find a place in the neighborhood. This street has the particularity of communicating with the slope of Vinalopó.
The challenge is to find an empty space between the sides of the slope invaded by four-wheelers. Motorists do not hesitate that in some sections there is not even a protective barrier between the street and the river, except for a few trees.
With which the repeated buffer you can see up to 50 cars parked the wrong way round. For the sections it is the individual responsibility to apply the handbrake properly so that there is no fear several meters up and down the slope.
María José Diez, as former president of the San José neighborhood association, recognizes that this is a problem that has been in place for years, based on the fact that “it is a fairly old neighborhood, the buildings have practically no underground parking lots and the few remaining areas that can be activated These are the access to the slopes of the river, these are almost untouchable areas and now there are many more cars with the CEU, because the neighbors were already using this parking area because there is nothing in the neighborhood, ”he added.
Online, remember that city council has been repeatedly asked to do something like put up fences to avoid cliffs. Several residents also report that this type of protection would be important “to prevent the consequences after a rise in water levels or a storm like Filomena which takes away with the vehicles”, they underline.
At this point, municipal sources recognize that this is not a restricted area for parking and that there has been no continued intervention since only a few wooden barriers have been installed that do not cover not the whole route where you park.
From El Raval, they also believe that for years, they have allowed parking spaces that degrade the environment of the hillside promenade. More than half a thousand cars are also visible daily. Reme Pomares, president of the neighborhood group for this neighborhood, shows that “many campaigns and awareness campaigns are needed from an early age to change the paradigm of the city, because it cannot physically accommodate more cars”.
As a resident, he assumes that only a few meters from the river there is no limitation for parking “because no other option has been created”. Online, he understands that one of the solutions could be the establishment of dissuasive parking lots.