Collboni has a hole in the superblocks

Three judges have condemned the Barcelona City Council for the petty urban processing of the so-called superilla, the conversion of Carrer Consell de Cent into a four-kilometer promenade to prevent cars from passing and the creation of four spaces at the intersections of this street with Rocafort, Comte Borrell, Enric Granados and Girona streets.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
12 May 2024 Sunday 17:34
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Collboni has a hole in the superblocks

Three judges have condemned the Barcelona City Council for the petty urban processing of the so-called superilla, the conversion of Carrer Consell de Cent into a four-kilometer promenade to prevent cars from passing and the creation of four spaces at the intersections of this street with Rocafort, Comte Borrell, Enric Granados and Girona streets. All three sentences say the same thing. The City Council bypassed the law because the project required the modification of the General Metropolitan Plan (PGM), since "it means a change of paradigm with respect to how the urbanization of public space had been conceived", according to the judicial interlocutory It was not intended to modify the PGM and, in addition, the judges exposed the Council's trap to execute the project, consisting of breaking it up into several actions and considering them ordinary works, even though they were not, because they transformed the configuration of the most important district of the city.

17 more complaints filed by five entities and associations that brought the municipal procedure to justice are still pending. In view of the result of the first three sentences, it looks like the rest will follow the same path of embarrassing the management of the City Council. The new government led by Mayor Jaume Collboni has had no choice but to appeal against the sentences for corporatism towards officials and because it was part of the coalition that made the decision, now condemned, in the previous mandate. But Collboni knows that he has a hot potato that can turn out to be very expensive, because the judgments force him to restore these streets and squares as they were before the works, which cost more than 50 million. To the cost of restitution to comply with the sentence, it would be necessary to add the return of other millions of European funds that were allocated to these projects. In short, a waste for the city that can still be avoided.

In fact, the judge who handed down the first sentence urged the two parties, the City Council and the complainants, to agree to the execution of the sentence least harmful to the city. This is done discreetly, because the associations do not want to be forced to undo the work. They consider it barbaric, but they do want to solve the negative effects on mobility that this project and others like it have left in the city.

Meanwhile, little is said about the assumption of responsibilities by the authors of such a large scandal. It is obvious that the City Council violates the law at will and is relentless with individuals who do anything from a small reform to a promotion of flats. The discussion does not focus on whether the space has been good, bad or regular. Nor in the high cost of its maintenance that someone had to anticipate and provide financially to avoid rapid degradation. Nor in the wild increase in the price of housing and commercial premises in the area, with the consequent gentrification that the Consistory itself wanted to combat. Nor does it matter that most of the residents of these spaces are very happy and are the envy of the neighboring streets.

It is not at all a matter of insulting and pointing the finger, as has happened, at the five entities and associations that dared to take this matter to court because they saw a flagrant violation of the rules. It is curious that these inquisitors have not reprimanded the politicians and the legal services who jumped the gun on the regulations following the Machiavellian principle of "the end justifies the means". In short, it is about who will end up paying the bill for this nonsense, we will always be the same, the citizens.