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Budget delays are putting La Gomera road projects at serious risk 

PAGE 15 Budget delays are  putting La Gomera road projects at serious risk

La Gomera is protesting over a major delay in implementing “vital” road improvement projects.

Cabildo president Casimiro Curbelo says only 30 per cent of the planned schemes have been approved and he wants the rest released with urgency.

He wants the Spanish Government to immediately sign the road agreement for the island, saying: “Investments in road infrastructure planned for the islands are being put at risk.”

Sr. Curbelo said it was vital to start the projects because they were the key to La Gomera’s future development and its communications.

The Supreme Court has already recognised that the Spanish Government is behind with releasing payments for road infrastructure to the Canary Islands.

“If the deadlines are met, the new agreement will last for eight years, extendable to four more years, with a global investment of 2,000 million euros, from which the funds for the projects to be executed in La Gomera would be obtained. “

“We hope the agreement will be signed in a short time and that the State is sensitive to this new agreement so that the needs demanded by the islands in this matter can be met.”

Regarding the investments planned for the Island, he explained that it includes the Vallehermoso Variant (GM-1), the road between Paredes – Alajeró and the Airport, the access to San Sebastián from the Degollada de Peraza (GM-2), the stretch between Vallehermoso and Arure (GM-1), actions in the access tunnels to Playa de Santiago (GM-3) and north (GM-1), the construction of a false tunnel in Agulo (GM-1), access to the Hospital de La Gomera and the road between Arure and Alajeró (Variant of Arure).