The mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez, with the councilors of Infrastructure, Mobility and Health-La Salle district, Javier Rivero, Evelyn Alonso and Zaida González, respectively, presented, last Wednesday afternoon, to residents of the zone “the progress of the two plans that seek to transform and provide accessibility to some 8,950 square meters in Salud Alto, with actions in the Plaza de las Mil Viviendas and surrounding gardens, as well as the entire nucleus of houses contained between Cornisa and Güímar”, within the framework of a meeting in which “residents were able to express their concerns to the technicians of both projects,” declared the municipal councilor.
Bermúdez wanted to make it clear that “this type of consultation is a commitment of this government team before initiating any action, precisely because it is the beneficiaries themselves who best know the needs of the area.” To which he added that, “for this reason, technicians and editors of these advances accompany us, with the aim that before the end of this year we can have the projects definitively drafted so that progress can continue and that the works can begin as soon as possible.” , which we hope can be completed in 2025, with two actions that will exceed 2.5 million in investment.”
For his part, councilor Javier Rivero highlighted “this action, which includes the necessary actions in the area between Cornisa and Güímar streets and was born with the purpose of defining the necessary works to improve the accessibility conditions of the environment”, Therefore, “the design of the entire space must, within the limitations it has as an already consolidated area, adapt the area to the greatest degree possible to universal accessibility,” he added. “The design that has been proposed,” Javier Rivero continued explaining. – proposes the use of existing corridors and free areas to resolve accessibility within the plot, through a communication strategy between the three platforms that differ within the area with its urban environment.
Likewise, the councilor highlighted that, “at the same time, the urban installations of public lighting, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, rainwater and irrigation network affected will be adapted at the intervention points, while the lighting installations of “in a manner that satisfies the requirements of current legislation.”
It should also be taken into account that this document establishes the levels and characteristics of the installation to ensure the safety and accessibility conditions of the environment, in alignment with Sinpromi’s considerations in the lighting field with a correct design of the lighting conditions. lighting due to the interior trees, while compensatory measures will be applied where intervention cannot be done due to technical/economic impossibility, such as the incorporation of double handrails and rest areas in excessive ramp sections, “In the case of the works foreseen in the Thousand Homes square, surrounding gardens and closest residences – the Councilor for Infrastructure advanced -, the project defines the necessary actions to renew its current state, which presents serious deficiencies.
Renew the square
Furthermore, “at the same time, the aim is to improve accessibility to the buildings and the square, located on an elevated platform on Güímar Street, the perimeter and interior walls and to provide it with areas of bio-healthy elements, calisthenics and fenced children’s games, suitably protected. of the sun,” added Javier Rivero. On the other hand, the treatment of humidity in the retaining walls is also foreseen, proposing a low-maintenance solution, which results in a design of the entire space so that it can adapt to the highest possible degree of universal accessibility.
The public lighting, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, storm water and vegetation installations will be included with their corresponding irrigation network. The approximate area of intervention is about 5,850 square meters, of which 3,700 are from the action in the plaza and the another 2,150, from the exterior gardens. In this sense, the Councilor for Universal Accessibility, Evelyn Alonso, highlighted that “these actions come to correct a situation that today would be unthinkable, due to the age of the buildings.”
Thus, he highlighted that “accessibility conditions will improve, taking into account the difficulties inherent to the complex orography of the environment, which is why the opportunity is taken to create an urban intervention that is a reference within public spaces, from the point of functional, sustainable and aesthetic view, which is in line with the will of this municipal government team.” For her part, the district councilor, Zaida González, assessed that “it is very appropriate that the necessary actions be contemplated to provide the square with areas of bio-healthy elements, calisthenics and fenced children’s games, conveniently protected from the sun and street furniture.”
Likewise, Zaida González was “very satisfied that this area of Salud Alto has a project like this, of such magnitude, that will definitively transform the quality of life of the residents of the area.”