On Monday Bilbao City Council (Bizkaia, Basque Country) opened what it has called "Zorrotzaurre Island". At the act local people expressed their disagreement with the project.
On Monday mayor Juan Mari Aburto and several councillors met at Frank Gehry bridge. Workers opened Deustu canal. They have removed 365,000 cubic metres of water from the canal, linking it with the river Nerbioi and, so, making what had always been a peninsula into an island.
Local people have protested against what Aburto called a "historical year". “This isn't Manhattan!” and "No more sharks!" were some of their slogans against the Zorrotzaurre project.
The mayor got together with locals before the act, and they told him about the numerous problems in connection with access, services and security. They had been waiting for a plan to solve these problems; once it was ready, they realised that it did not take local people into account.
The Bilboko Uriola video shows the moment in which the mayor goes up to the locals:
Deustuko kanalaren irekiera ekitaldiaren atarian Deustu eta Erriberako bizilagunek elkarreratatzea egin dute. Aburto alkatea hurbildu da "zerbait esan nahi didazue?" galdetzeko. pic.twitter.com/1OSJOAY8wN
— Bilboko Uriola (@uriolaeus) 2018(e)ko urriaren 8(a)
The basis for the Zorrotzaurre project
The Zorrotzaurre project has been presented as an "integrated, long-lasting plan for regaining an area which is currently degraded." It includes the 840,000 square metre island which, according to the previsions, will provide "easily obtainable housing", "non-polluting companies", "numerous social and cultural facilities" and "open spaces" for leisure.
Based on the 1995 Bilbao General Town Plan, the project, which it is believed will cost 250 million Euros, was passed seven years ago.
Informazio askea lantzen dugu ARGIAn, langileok gara proiektuaren jabeak eta gure informazioen atzean ez duzu sekula multinazionalik, bankurik edo alderdi politikorik topatuko. Gure ustez, burujabetza guztien oinarrian dago informazio burujabetza, ezagutzen dugunaren gainean pentsatzen eta erabakitzen dugu. Horregatik diogu kazetaritza independentea dela demokraziaren oinarrietako bat.
Aldizkaria paperean etxean edo e-postan PDFan jaso nahi duzu? Pozik hartuko zaitugu ARGIAko komunitatean. ARGIAkoa izateko, nahi eta ahal duzun ekarpena egin dezakezu, eta bueltan egoki ikusten duzuna eskatu. Indartu dezagun indartzen gaituena!
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