- In accordance with the agreement signed today, the Xunta will address adaptation work in, at least, four areas of entry of the Caminos de Santiago into the city, where the Town Hall will place the terrain at its disposal and replace the services affected.
- On the French Way, work will be done between the descent of the Monte del Gozo and San Lázaro; and in the streets of las Fontiñas, Fonte de Concheiros and Concheiros; on the Portuguese Way, at the arrival to the Convento de Conxo and the roundabout over the SC-20; and on the English Way, as it passes through the Tambre Industrial Estate and in front of the cemetery of Boisaca.
- The Head of Infrastructures stated that the objectives of this agreement are to bolster the protection of Santiago as the goal of the Camino, to provide the pilgrims with the welcome they deserve and so that they leave with the best memory of the city.
- The Councillor of Culture stressed that the processing of all the authorisations and permits required to develop the protocol would be done by the Heritage Department as soon as possible.
- Román Rodríguez pointed out that the development of this agreement was “very good news”, which would benefit the pilgrims and have positive repercussions in all of society as it improved the Jacobean routes, a special manifestation of the heritage of the country, in an environment with tremendous cultural value.
- The Director of Tourism of Galicia stresses the importance of the Jacobean Routes on arrival at the city of Compostela, and she stated that this “deserves special efforts”.
The Xunta today informed of the contracting of the projects in order to improve the integration of the landscape of the Caminos de Santiago on entry to the city of Compostela, with a planned investment of 4.2 million euros. The Councillor for Infrastructure and Housing, Ethel Vázquez, gave this information after the collaboration agreement was signed between the Government of Galicia and the Town Hall of Santiago in order to boost this work, which must be finalised before the celebration of the next Jacobean Year in 2021.
This agreement was signed this morning by Ethel Vázquez, in the Museum of Pilgrimage together with the Councillor for Culture, Education and University Organisation, Román Rodríguez, the Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, and the Mayor of Santiago, Martiño Noriega.
Vázquez Mourelle explained that, in March, the contracts for drafting the construction projects would be tendered so that, this year, in coordination with the Town Hall of, all the projects have already been drafted so that the work can be contracted and commenced.
The Head of Infrastructures highlighted that this agreement brings together the interest and willingness of the signatories in that the Caminos de Santiago on their entry to the city are a synonym of quality and excellence for the pilgrims who come to Compostela.
The objectives of this agreement, he stated, are to renew and strengthen the projection of Santiago as a goal of the Camino that the pilgrims are welcomed as they deserve to be and that they remain with the bets memory of the city.
As regards the distribution of tasks, in the Autonomous Executive, the Infrastructure Agency of Galicia will be in charge of drafting the technical documents required and for the contracting and executing of the work. The Town Hall of Santiago will carry out the necessary administrative processing; will place the terrain for the execution of the work at the disposal of the Xunta and will replace the urban services affected.
In the document, the Councillor for Infrastructures and Housing assumed the commitment to plan and carry out the work for the improvement and integration of the landscape at strategic points of the Caminos on their entry into Compostela. Thus, in the French Way,work will be done on the descent from the Monte do Gozo and San Lázaro; and in the streets of las Fontiñas, Fonte de Concheiros and Concheiros, especially regarding reorganising te crossroads with the Avenida de Lugo; in the Portuguese Way, on arrival at the Convento de Conxo and the roundabout over the SC-20; and in the English Way, in the transit through the Tambre Industrial Estate and opposite the cemetery of Boisaca. In addition, a study will be made of the possibility tocarry out work on the Vía de la Plata, as a complement to the work planned by the Town Hall in Castrón Douro; or in the Portuguese Way as far as the Puente de A Rocha Vella.
Result of a study commenced in 2014
This work is the result of work begun in 2014 by the then Councillor of the Environment, Territory and Infrastructures, who carried out an analysis of the matter through the Instituto de Estudios del Territorio (Territorial Studies Innstitute).
The Councillor brought to mind that the Xunta works day in day out so that the city may be more attractive and accessible for the citizens and tourists, deciding for infrastructures which keep the traffic from the centre, such as the Aradas Variant; for an intermodal which facilitates transit and the movement of travellers, and for the construction of pedestrian and cycle tracks in the area of Compostela which encourage means of travelling which are more respectful with the environment.
Moreover, the Councillor for Culture underlined that, among the measures for boosting the Camino, one of the main matters ending is the entry of the Caminos de Santiago into the city of Compostela itself and, aware of this, “the Xunta and the Town Hall have given ourselves homework to do”. He pointed out that, from the Heritage Department, the processing of all the authorisations and permits required for carrying out the protocol would be would be done as soon as possible.
Román Rodríguez pointed out that the development of this agreement was “very good news”, which would benefit the pilgrims and have positive repercussions in all of society of Compostela and Galicia as it improved the Jacobean routes, a special manifestation of the heritage of the country, in an environment with tremendous cultural value.
The Director of Tourism of Galicia stressed the importance of caring for the Jacobean Routes on their arrival at the city of Compostela which, she stated, “deserves a special effort”. In this regard, she mentioned some work begun from the department she directs such as the Plan of Action on the Monte del Gozo which, with an initial investment of 1.2 million euros, is adapting this park to the current needs and converting it into a national and Jacobean reference. She also highlighted the creation of the International Pilgrim Centre and the rehabilitation of the Pazo de Xelmírez in the Praza do Obradoiro, among other work.
Nava Castro pointed out that, through this protocol, progress is being made in one of the strategic lines of the Master Plan of the Camino de Santiago focused on the coordination and collaboration regarding the work concerning the identification, protection, management, promotion and dissemination of Camino de Santiago. In this regard, she stated that, in the Jacobean environment, the fact that efforts are shared and synergies created benefits everyone.