The plan to create car parks in the peripheral neighborhoods of Madrid as a way to prevent people from coming to the center by car has not yielded the expected result. The initiative, which was born in the previous mandate and has now been resumed with more places, has unleashed neighborhood protests – the last one in Tres Olivos – and the infrastructures that are already operational have only a handful of vehicles. These two reasons have forced the corporation to “temporarily” suspend the program, as announced by the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, at a ceremony in the Casa de Campo.
The City Council of the capital will only inaugurate the car park located in Aviación Española because it is already finished. Two others that were already in the bidding process – Tres Olivos and Villaverde Bajo-Cruce – stop, as confirmed by the first mayor in a ceremony in the Casa de Campo. A new infrastructure was also announced in Hortaleza, which is also paralyzed.
“We are going to suspend the deterrent parking program because we want to evaluate its effectiveness, its practical usefulness, given that in certain places problems can be generated,” said Almeida. The mayor admits that “the forecasts” of demand are not being fulfilled. The delegate of Mobility and Environment, Borja Carabante, already announced in the last municipal plenary session that the “demand had yet to mature” and acknowledged that the occupation of the two car parks opened by the current Government, that of Pitis and that of Fuente de la Mora, was very low.
Added to that is neighborhood discontent. Nobody wants a large parking lot in their neighborhood. The creation of dissuasive car parks in the city of Madrid is not a new idea for this government team. The previous corporation led by Manuela Carmena planned the construction of 12 infrastructures of this type in the city to accommodate 10,000 cars but it never fulfilled its plan. He only did one at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The Government of PP and Ciudadanos took that non-executed plan as a reference, adding new ones, such as Hortaleza.
Trees for 20,000 empty tree pits
The Madrid City Council has also released new details on Monday about its reforestation plan after the debacle that Filomena caused in the urban trees of the city. 100,000 trees will be planted from this fall, as announced by the mayor. For the plantations, the recommendations of the Woodland Advisory Council, constituted by agreement of the municipal groups and formed only by men, will be taken into account.
The first action of the plan is the plantation campaign, in which 60,000 of the 100,000 specimens will belong to forest plantation projects and 8,000 will be part of the annual plantation plan. As a second measure, the councilor has transferred that new trees will be placed in the 20,000 empty tree pits in the capital. The tree heritage in municipal conservation has 1.74 million specimens of more than 500 different species. All of them are located in some 5,000 tree-lined streets and more than 6,000 hectares of green areas.