Lorca has begun the implementation of a pilot action in streets of the historic centre by installing awnings with the aim of reducing the effects of heat waves and urban heat islands. For this, shadow corridors will be created by installing awnings in several commercial areas and a large pedestrian traffic in the historic centre of Lorca, such as Corredera, Alporchones and Almirante Aguilar streets.
This experience will be carried out in the months of May, June, July, August, September and part of the month of October during a period of 3 years, until 2021, to try to measure the temperature and quantify the benefits obtained for the population and the commercial area of these emblematic streets.
The Social Council of the City approved a few months ago unanimously the creation of a Working Group for the drafting of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan “Life Adaptate Project”. This pilot project aims to reduce the risks related to climate in the daily life of the neighbours by decreasing the ambient temperature in the area, making the city more pleasant for pedestrians.
The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, together with the Councillor for the Environment, Mª Saturnina Martínez, supervised this morning the start of the works of placing the canvases integrated in the awnings.