Portimão’s ‘rent-a-roundabout’ scheme hailed a success

Portimão’s decision to “rent out” roundabouts to companies in exchange for gardening and maintenance services has proved a huge success, which is why mayoress Isilda Gomes wants to take the initiative even further.

“At the moment we have 10 roundabouts that are rented out, and 17 others are to follow. The interest is such that many private companies want to take over roundabouts that aren’t even included in the initiative,” she told Lusa news agency.

The council started the rental scheme in 2016 as a way of keeping roundabouts well-maintained without having to spend any money.

The idea is that companies can use them to advertise their business as long as they keep everything in good shape.

Although the council now has the “financial capacity” to maintain roundabouts, the scheme will continue as Gomes believes locals can do it even better.

“Councils do not always do everything well, so with the involvement of society, we are certain that the town’s image will be improved,” she said.

Meantime, Gomes also announced that the council has €700,000 in the pipeline to upgrade the municipality’s neglected gardens and green spaces. A tender for the works is awaiting the green light from the Court of Auditors.

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