In Torre del Mar, complaints about a lack of parking spaces are common during the summer months, as many vacationers don’t move their cars for days or even weeks.
Seven years after the introduction of the first blue zone in Vélez-Málaga, managed by the Amivel association for people with disabilities, the town hall has tripled the number of parking spaces from the current 350 to 1,106.
They will be implemented in a total of 22 streets, of which just over half are in Torre del Mar (403) and 353 in Vélez-Málaga. In Torre del Mar they can be found at San Martín (15), San Andrés (13), Doctor Fleming (20), Avenida Toré Toré (104), El Copo (99), the promenade from Calle Vela to Calle San Andrés ( 42) and from the latter to Calle del Mar (17), between Calle Jábega and Calle Vela (42), on Avenida de Andalucía in front of the sub-town hall, on Calle Manuel Azuaga and the entrance to the Pueblo Rocío (15), and through Azucarera and Calle Clavel (24).
The spaces next to the Torre del Mar promenade (paseo marítimo) will only operate from June to September.
In Vélez-Málaga, the new parking spaces in the blue zone are at Calle Fernando Vivar (25), Avenida Vivar Téllez (21), Paseo Nuevo (24), Blas Infante (35), Reñidero (24), Huerto Carrión (15 ), Calle Alcalde Manuel Reina (43), Calle Río Tinto (28), the bus station, Avenida de Las Naciones (51) and Villa de Madrid (28).
Companies have been calling for an increase in parking spaces in the two municipalities for years. In Torre del Mar, complaints about a lack of parking spaces are common during the summer months, as many vacationers don’t move their cars for days or even weeks. However, it has not been specified what parking alternatives will be available for people who spend weeks in Torre del Mar and who are not registered with the Padrón town hall.
The resident check costs five euros per week. The blue zone costs 35 cents for half an hour, 0.8 euro for one hour and 1.4 euro for two hours. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in summer and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in winter. The new locations are initially expected to be operational by June 15. With this expansion, Amivel plans to expand the workforce with between 30 and 40 disabled workers, up from 15 since 2015.
The opposition party Partido Popular criticized the government team for “not giving the inhabitants a single explanation as to when the blue zone was introduced at the doors of their homes in San Martín, San Andrés, Doctor Fleming, Pueblo Rocío, Reñidero, Blas Infante or Paseo de Andalucía, without knowing if they will have special prices for being residents, without anything being clear.