A major building package has been unveiled which aims to improve various sites throughout the Greater Lisbon area. Under the scheme, the Commission of Co-ordination and Regional Development of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (CCDRLVT) has signed contracts for 29 urban renovation projects.
The contracts between CCDRLVT and the municipalities were signed in the monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, in the presence of local Câmara President Gonçalves Sapinho. Minister of Cities, Local Administration and Regional Development, José Luís Arnaut then formally ratified the contracts in the presence of Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes.
The total value of the investments concerned is 53.7 million euros, 14 million euros of which will be borne by the state. All the projects aim to renovate urban public spaces. New social and sporting facilities will be built throughout the various municipalities that are involved in the CCDRLVT scheme. But perhaps the most important work is the renovation of the area surrounding the monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, which is projected to cost six million euros. The monastery is now considered a World Heritage Site. Other projects include the renovation of the historic centre of Caldas da Rainha and the installation of street lighting along the walls in the town of Óbidos. Other major works will be carried out in Odivelas, Amadora, Oeiras, Loures, Setúbal, Moita, Almeirim, Torres Novas and Alenquer.