Reus wants pedestrian islands, more sports offer and create strategic clusters by 2032

Reus already knows what he wants to be in 10 years. Or, at least, it has finished outlining the formula that, to this day, the city relies on to face the challenges that arise until 2032. Limit the car, promote the bike, increase the pedestrian islands –areas that prioritize pedestrians over road traffic–, creating clusters in strategic sectors or growing in equipment and sporting events are some of the big bets for the next decade.

The municipal government presented yesterday the Pla Reus Horitzó 32, a roadmap that it has been working on for the last 18 months. Your Reus of the future is articulated around four axes: opportunities, quality of life, talent and enjoyment. Up to 14 scenarios and 38 "ambitious and powerful" strategic lines hang from them, according to the mayor, Carles Pellicer. But the most important thing, as the vice mayor, Noemí Llauradó, specified, resides in a dozen "motor projects" that represent "the most operational level of the Pla" and that must act as "lever and first impulse" to deploy it.

Bringing culture closer to children, promoting digital autonomy, opening public art schools or connecting peripheral roads with the center are some of the specific ideas that these projects include. Others, innovative, seek the rationalization of hours to combat "time poverty" or the implementation of a local cloud and a neutral proximity internet node of the Camp de Tarragona in Reus to enhance technological infrastructures.

Implementing citizen science networks to measure environmental data, giving rise to a one-stop shop for dealings with the administration, making collective memory and that of neighborhoods visible are also approaches included in the almost 100 pages of the Reus Horitzó. Just like setting up welcome spaces for people or companies that want to settle in or preparing spaces as test benches for projects in various fields.

Despite the fact that they constitute the most tangible part of the Plan, the executive clarified yesterday that these are "proposals for action" that were launched by the public and the coaching staff during the drafting of the document, and that they are not binding. And it is that, to materialize the Reus Horizon 32 guides, it will be necessary for the government of the moment to want to do so and to transfer them to municipal action plans and sectoral plans.

In this sense, Llauradó stressed yesterday that the Pla "belongs to everyone and everyone feels it as their own", and explained that "it is alive", so it will adapt to each reality and context. The municipality did not have a similar guide since the socialist stage.

Regarding the essence of the 38 strategic lines, there are those aimed at promoting new digital economies, developing local talent, facilitating work and family reconciliation or simplifying procedures. They also address security, the preservation of resources, the adaptation of the streets or progress towards a cohesive educational system, in addition to the promotion of heritage or the change of uses of public space to give preference to pedestrians. The deputy mayor insisted, during the presentation, on the advisability of "putting people at the center" of any intervention and "advancing towards a city for the people".

A laboratory with the university

The 10 main projects to complete the Plan, "transversal and accelerators", are varied and very different from each other. Three of them have been conceived by the government as networks: one for care, one for the promotion of healthy habits and physical and emotional well-being, and one for citizens. The others refer to concepts such as the promotion of cultural and artistic creation, the 15-minute city -the one in which basic services are close-, data and strategic evaluation, digital transformation, talent attraction and friendly administration.

And there is also one, called Urban Lab, which sets the objective of "promoting a space that involves the university, research centers, the business fabric and the city" and which is reflected as "a real or almost real environment for a city where it is possible to experiment and test products and services with co-creation and innovation dynamics”. The document can be consulted in its entirety on the website horitzo32.reus.cat.

Pla Reus Horitzó 32 "brings together opinions, visions of the future, and is a shared city project that updates the values ​​that define us in an environment of change," Pellicer stressed. The mayor stressed that "citizens have shown their ability to get involved in collective processes and explain what they think and what they want." For his part, Llauradó assured that “18 months of work leave these results to walk towards a better future for all”. «There have been many people who have collaborated in surveys, in workshops... in this participatory process that is the largest we have carried out».

"We did not want this to end up being something of the government, not even of the City Council, but of the city, because we were clear that we were doing it as citizens," added the deputy mayor. As the consistory specified at the time, up to 2,395 people have been present, in one way or another, in this participatory process to carry out the Plan: 1,244 filled out surveys, 1,140 offered their point of view through a citizen debate notebook and another eleven were in workshops organized by the City Council itself.

The preparation of this tool, as the deputy mayor recalled, "started during Covid and, therefore, it was a great challenge to be able to have the Plan in 2022, as we had planned." Llauradó called for "being daring, listening to what people ask of us and responding with the implementation of this roadmap." "The city has to move forward together and leave no one behind" although "the challenges are many and some are even global: the climate emergency, the aging of the population, the digital transformation of companies and society... Reus Horitzó 32 is already facing them with its proposals”, he said.

"Reus is modern, a leader and has a clear vocation as the capital that it exercises in the metropolitan area," concluded Pellicer, who warned that "the city intends to become even more powerful."

The Pla will be explained to everyone on Tuesday in the plenary hall

The Pla Reus Horitzó 32 will be presented at a public hearing, next Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the plenary hall. The act will be open to all citizens and municipal groups may also participate in the first turn. The Councilor for Participation, Montserrat Flores, explained yesterday that "in order to render accounts, we have opted for this format that allows information and listening."

"Those who have prepared the Plan will explain it clearly and there will be interventions from the public, who will be able to formulate their doubts and make their contributions in writing through cards that we will distribute at the beginning and to which we will respond," he specified. The hearing will last a maximum of an hour and a half.

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