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Heritage Conservation vs. Road Safety: The Battle Lines of Andorra la Vella's 2023 Local Elections

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Salman Akhtar
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Heritage Conservation vs. Road Safety: The Battle Lines of Andorra la Vella's 2023 Local Elections

Unfolding in the heart of the Pyrenees, the 2023 local election campaign in Andorra la Vella presents a battleground centred around two pertinent issues: heritage conservation and road safety. The city's political landscape is dominated by two main coalitions, each prioritizing different aspects of the city's future.

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The Heritage Park Proposal

Embodying the commitment to heritage preservation, the coalition of Democrats and Progressists-SDP, in an address from the ancient church of Sant Vicenç d'Enclar, proposed the establishment of a heritage park in Santa Coloma. This initiative aims to enhance the value of historical monuments such as Sant Vicenç d'Enclar, the Torre dels Russos, and the Espai Columba. Backed by an allocation of 400,000 euros during the current mandate for cleaning paths, the coalition has already begun clearing the oak grove, envisioning a future leisure and rest area. Beyond this, they also plan to create a mini central park, further emphasizing their conservation-oriented agenda.

Road Safety: A Pressing Concern

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On the other side of the political arena, the Enclar coalition, comprising Concòrdia, the Social Democratic Party, and the Somveïns platform, have focused their campaign on road safety. Highlighting many poorly lit or signalled zones, particularly at crossings and pedestrian paths, the coalition stresses the need for improvements. They point out the non-compliance with safety regulations and emphasize the need for better accessibility for wheelchair users. Their proposed solutions include installing more LED lights and painting them in red and white to enhance visibility and safety.

Contrasting Priorities in Andorra la Vella's Politics

The campaign activities so far reflect these contrasting priorities between the two coalitions in Andorra la Vella. As the city's voters ponder on these key issues, the 2023 local elections promise a significant impact on the future of Andorra la Vella, shaping its course in heritage preservation and road safety.

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