Road schemes on La Gomera at stalemate as just 30 per cent of pledge fulfilled
An urgent appeal is being made to the Canary and Spanish Governments for vital road improvements in La Gomera.
Cabildo president Casimiro Curbelo said only 30 per cent of what had been agreed previously had been put into action and this was putting the future of the island and the Canaries in jeopardy.
He is urging the Canary Executive to forward a plea to Madrid, including the improvement project proposed for the section of road between Paredes and the airport in the municipality of Alajeró, where the investment planned for 2018 will reach 1.5 million euros.
Sr. Curbelo said La Gomera’s needs should receive proper attention in the new Convention of Canaries-State Roads.
“The new document negotiated by both governments should capture the island sensitivities that were not addressed in the previous agreement,” he said. “Only 30 per cent of the investment foreseen in the last Convention were executed, an insufficient figure and that must be corrected.”
The Cabildo president said the delays and paralysis on the part of the State had been constant and “created a scenario that puts at risk the development of La Gomera and the Canaries.”
Sr. Curbelo said the access road to the airport was particularly important as it was the connecting road with most of the municipalities.
He explained that the procedures for the environmental impact were “quite advanced” and, therefore, requested that priority be given to this action.
Sr. Curbelo said the new agreement must also include the projected actions of the Vallehermoso Variant, as well as the GM-2 section, between Degollada de Peraza and San Sebastián, whose investment amounts to 800,000 euros. Likewise, works should include access to the Hospital Ntra. Sra. De Guadalupe, with 1.5 million euros for 2018.
Regarding the lighting of the tunnels of Arure and Yorima, he reiterated the urgency to ensure the safety of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
He also requested that the installation of the new security barriers in the GM-1 be executed in the section between Agulo and the summit tunnels.
“This last action taken by the Government of the Canary Islands must be taken care of as soon as possible, in order to finish with the renewal of the barriers along the route,” he said.