In the picturesque town of Encamp, nestled in the heart of Andorra, the din of electoral campaigns reverberates through the streets. The town is in the throes of change as various political factions bring forth diverse urban development proposals, each vying for the citizens' approval.
Urban Planning in the Political Spotlight
The Social Democrats, a leading political group, have voiced their intention to revise the existing urban plan, aiming to curb the rampant construction of high-rise buildings. Their vision strives for a balance between urban development and the preservation of the town's characteristic charm. The construction boom, they argue, could disrupt the quaint skyline and impact the quality of life for residents.
Promise of Parking Spaces
On the other end of the spectrum, 'Units per al Progrés' (United for Progress), a progressive political group, has pledged to create an abundance of new parking spaces in the town if their bid for re-election is successful. This promise follows their successful completion of four parking projects during their current term. Their master plan outlines the addition of 142 public parking spaces at Comallarga, and a negotiated deal with private entities to secure even more spots. The group's commitment to addressing the town's parking woes has been a cornerstone of their campaign.
Transport and Infrastructure
Another service that has been championed by 'Units per al Progrés' is the UClic, a transport service that has already completed 17,000 trips. The group has pledged to continue this service if they are re-elected to the common council. This commitment reflects their focus on improving infrastructure and services in the light of an expected population increase. According to an analysis by the Statistics Department, the population of Encamp is expected to continue growing until 2035, emphasizing the need for strategic planning of services and infrastructure.
The 'Avancem' candidacy has taken a critical stance against the current trend of constructing high-rise buildings, laying the blame on the Democrats. Some urban development projects in Encamp have permitted buildings of up to ten stories. The Social Democrats, in response, have expressed a desire to review and potentially reverse this trend. Their proposal includes negotiating with developers to secure apartments for social housing, rather than settling for economic compensation. This would serve the dual purpose of preserving the town's aesthetic while also addressing social housing needs.