|GRAN VIA FOR
The cost of the project will be around 700 million
pesetas, including the pedestrianisation of Calle Ercilla which has already
started and is expected to be completed in June. However, not everybody is
happy about the project. Julio Alegria of the Ensanche Shopkeepers Association
called it "crazy," and said the area needed "more parking spaces", an opinion
shared by the well known designer Javier de Juana. "If there's nowhere to park,
people will stop coming to the Gran Via," Juanjo Olabarria, of the Highways
department of Bilbao Council, said "People have to use their car less and take
advantage of public transport."
|| BLAME DEAD BIRDS? CONTINUATION:
However, it is not only the fog which causes problems for the
birds. It is believed the birds also get trapped in the windmills' arms.
According to conservationists, Izko is the wind farm which is responsible for
killing the most birds, because it is sited in an area with the greatest
population of vultures in Europe. The area is home to several birds of prey* in
danger of extinction - different varieties of vultures, eagles and owls. The
organisation warned of the possible dangers before the windmills started
working, however it appears their advice fell on deaf ears*. The group would
like to see all new similar projects stopped until studies are completed
regarding possible risks, something which has not been done before.