THE project to restore the ‘Cable Ingles’ in Almeria is at a standstill six months after the first renovation works concluded.
After many years of neglect, work on the emblematic mineral loading platform in Almeria finally began, however, the work has been discontinued due to financial issues. The Cable Ingles, which was declared a Cultural Heritage Site (BIC) in 1998, was constructed by the Gustave Eiffel architecture school at the beginning of the 20th century. Talks to renovate the construction and transform it into an exhibition centre, a restaurant and entertainment complex have been going on for years. The current issue is that it is not clear where the rest of the project’s funds are going to come from. The initial work, which required a €2.7 million investment, was paid by the Ministry of Public Works with the Government’s ‘1 per cent cultural program’ and the Junta de Andalucia. Now, a joint commission will have to decide how they will fund the remaining €3 million that are needed to finish the project.
According to the provincial Culture Councillor Antonio Lucas, “The Cable Ingles is as much of a priority as it has been for years. To this date we do not know the joint commission’s decision and we will have to wait and see what happens.”