Castelló (EFE).- The planting of 5,000 new trees, a 100-kilometre network of bike lanes, a biodiversity strategy or turning the Marjaleria into an “orchard”, are some of the proposals to move towards a more sustainable city that explain to EFE the candidates for mayor of Castelló.
The current mayor and socialist candidate for re-election, Amparo Marco, points out that the path has already begun and progress has been made in a “greener” city model, with European investments in urban improvements and sustainable mobility actions.
Reduce carbon footprint
Marco is committed, however, to continue deepening sustainability, reducing the carbon footprint with greener urban spaces, giving preference to pedestrians and soft transport or favoring the circular economy in issues such as water reuse.
The candidate for mayor of Compromís, Ignasi Garcia, considers it necessary to promote self-consumption and energy communities, so that if they are part of the next local government they will install solar panels “in all public buildings”.
Plan B in the face of drought
In addition, it advocates the connection with the desalination plants to “have a plan B in the face of the drought”, bonuses in recycling and betting on public transport, so that it “is attractive”, while proposing the creation of a metropolitan network with bike lanes that connect with neighboring populations of up to 100 kilometers.
For the candidate of Unides Podem, Marisol Barceló, a Municipal Biodiversity Strategy is necessary, which allows moving towards a city “prepared to respond to the inclemencies of climate change”, and considers that in about 8 years large areas of infrastructure should be achieved interconnected and open to the enjoyment of citizens.
The PP candidate, Begoña Carrasco, is committed in the first place to “raising awareness and offering alternatives that are an advantage, not a problem”, and proposes planting 5,000 trees, opening seven new green areas, renewing the Bicicas bicycle fleet .
The creation of dissuasive parking, bonuses for recycling and the commitment to “sustainable and free” public transport are other measures proposed by the popular candidate.
From Ciudadanos, its candidate, Eduardo del Pozo, affirms that the Fadrell Government’s roadmap in reference to low emissions “is not supported by scientific reports” and calls for “rigor in management”, while criticizing the “state deplorable” of the parks.
The Vox candidate, Antonio Ortolá, points out that “the last thing he would do would be to close traffic in the center”, although he would bet on transforming the Marlajeria “into a visitable orchard that respects the existing urban planning”, and claims that his priority is ” the comfort of the neighbors” in a city where there is “zero pollution” and “it smells like orange blossom” in the center. EFE