Barcelona will have a second installment of neighborhood plan, which will run from next year until 2024. The main lines were revealed yesterday by the councilor responsible for this initiative, Jordi Martí and the president of the advisory council, Oriol Nel·lo, who explained that the new edition will have a budget of 150 million euros – Same as the first – that in the coming weeks participatory processes will be carried out to decide which projects will benefit, and that the plan is extended to other neighborhoods in the north of the city.
In this sense, Verdum, Can Peguera, Turó de la Peira y la Prosperitat (Nou Barris), Carmel and Can Baró (Horta-Guinardó) and Poble Sec (Sants-Montjuíc) are incorporated into a plan that, in its new edition , will be extended to the entire Raval after the first one only intervened in the southern part of this neighborhood.
Councilor Jordi Martí justified the new incorporations by their indicators of vulnerability and structural inequalities, by data such as school failure and unemployment, although the incidence of the pandemic has not been taken into account. “Yes, the economic consequences that Covid-19 may have,” said the mayor who, on the other hand, explained that the second neighborhood plan will be developed at “two levels”: the areas where it already was are not abandoned, although not it will act in the same way.
In the case of Vallbona, Ciutat Meridiana, Torre Baró, Trinitat Nova, Roquetes, Trinitat Vella and Besòs and Maresme, a “comprehensive and intensive” deployment will continue. While in Bon Pastor, Baró de Viver, Verneda, Gòtic Sud, Sant Genís, la Teixonera and in Marina del Prat Vermell “structural and maintenance” actions will be carried out. In these latter neighborhoods, for example, current spending will be maintained, as well as some investments in educational, employment and rehabilitation programs.
Jordi Martí explained that the projects of the second plan will be directed mainly to the field of social rights, education, economic activity and urban ecology and, within these, public health, housing and “neighborhood”.
“Now we will begin the participatory processes to begin working on the different projects early next year,” said the councilor responsible for the initiative, who considered that the Generalitat would have to get involved in a plan that, with the current crisis, is more that justified.
The mayor also took stock of the 2017-2020 neighborhood plan. “By the end of the year it will be 95% executed,” said the mayor. It will be completed in early 2021 “due to stoppages due to the pandemic.”
In total, Jordi Martí explained, more than 600 actions have been carried out, of which 68% have been in the field of education and social rights. 73 works have been carried out, of which 11 have been in educational centers, 49 in public spaces and 13 are improvements or new equipment, although the mayor highlighted the different areas that have been acted, beyond urban planning.
“We have spent 17 million euros in the rehabilitation of farms where before public policies had not managed to get through the door,” he stressed.
For his part, Oriol Nel lo assured that the plan, with an investment of 300 million euros in
eight years “is unparalleled with respect to other Spanish cities. “It is a pity that it cannot be extended to the rest of the metropolitan area of Barcelona,” said the president of the advisory council of the neighborhood plan, who recalled that the Catalan law of the Neighborhood Plan, launched during the tripartite, was suspended in the year 2011.