The Port Authority of Bilbao has approved the free transfer of the road known as la Vega de Lamiako, whose surface area is 22,000m2, to the Leioa Town Council. The terms of the transfer oblige the latter to maintain the road for its present public use and social interest, that is, it must be a public-use road.
The transfer, which includes the ownership rights and management of the road in question, forms part of the actions and procedures the Port Authority has been carrying out in recent years with the different competent entities so that certain spaces belonging to the public port domain can officially become property of the riverside towns at no cost, once they have been declared unnecessary for port development and exploitation. Many of these spaces have been used by the affected towns thanks to the respective Port Authority licences and authorisations, so these final proceedings enable them to be provided with a definitive administrative solution.
Previously in 2016 and 2017, different Port spaces totalling some 85,000m2 were also freely transferred to the Town Councils of Santurtzi (the land occupied by the sports centre, municipal swimming pools and the promenade reaching the limits with neighbouring Portugalete), Sestao (the La Benedicta sports centre and the adjacent development), Getxo (la Campa del Loro zone, including a landscaped area with a children’s play park, street furniture and a small public car park) and Portugalete (the swimming pools on Churruca Dock).
In the future, the Port Authority intends to continue with its policy of transferring lands no longer necessary for port exploitation, yet important for local development, like the Fishing Port in Santurtzi, to the corresponding towns at no cost.