Alicante and Elche, second and third cities of the Valencian Community, and their town councils, governed by the popular Luis Barcala (Alicante) and Pablo Ruz (Elche) will go hand in hand from now on in their main demands before the Government of Spain, which The socialist Pedro Sánchez presides. And they will do so by promoting what has been called the Alicante-Elche axis. A territory where more than 785,000 people live.
The Alicante-Elche axis, in fact, will work jointly on infrastructure, industrial land, communications and transportation, cultural and sports activities, and also on tourism promotion and business fairs, among other issues. They intend to promote the pole of social and economic attraction and its projection in the metropolitan development area.
This collaboration, in matters of Infrastructure, will be reflected in a battery of demands, some long-term, against the government of Spain. This is the execution of the Torrellano variant for the removal of the tracks from the coastal front. They will demand a third lane on the A-70 or the release of the toll on the second Alicante ring road, as well as “addressing” new ring roads to decongest the two urban areas.
In addition, a stage of institutional cooperation also opens, because Alicante and Elche will strengthen their candidacies to host state agencies. An issue that has a longer history, because what they want is to add arguments to convince administrations and companies of the possibilities that both cities combine in hotel spaces, availability of land or in the pre-existence of “certain specific specialized economic ecosystems”, as explained Luis Barcala.
Lady of Elche
The alliance between both cities and town councils also represents a response to what both municipalities consider to be grievances, such as those already mentioned regarding infrastructure. And, in the case of Elche, the refusal of the Ministry of Culture led by the also socialist Miquel Iceta to a temporary transfer of the Lady. Now, not only the Elche City Council will claim it, but also the Alicante City Council.
This Wednesday, at Alicante City Hall, the gestures of cordiality between the two mayors, each accompanied by six councilors from their governments, have also shown that this alliance between the two cities is very serious.
The gestures of the mayors
Thus, the mayor of Elche Pablo Ruz, explained that Luis Barcala and his government “have conveyed their unwavering support to us in our demands regarding the Lady”, to then add, in a dialectical gesture, that “the Lady is of everyone. She is from the entire province and, specifically, from our sister city », in reference to Alicante.
Ruz has also commented that he has conveyed his “absolute support, as a municipality and as an institution” to what he has described as a “fair and necessary fight” that the city of Alicante is undertaking, and we are going to undertake together, to transfer the roads, for the coastal façade and to fight for that new, renovated C1 line that, ultimately, will be the direct connection with the airport, which we also share.
Luis Barcala predicted that this Wednesday “a project for the future will be born, which will be overwhelming for the benefit of the two cities, the province of Alicante and the Valencian Community.” And he has proclaimed that «we put an end to Alicante and Elche living with their backs to each other. Never more. “It’s time to work together.”
#Barcala #Ruz #recover #AlicanteElche #axis #face #grievances #Sánchez #Government