THE wet season is upon us and Marbella’s four rivers and 50 streams have not been cleared of vegetation since the end of 2012.
Although they enrich the area, if rivers and streams are not prepared they are a risk for locals as they can cause flooding in the winter and fires in the summer if not kept clear.
Responsibility for keeping streams and rivers clear of vegetation lies with the Junta de Andalucia regional government, yet the council complains that this work is not being done.
The council has contacted the Andalucian Water Agency department of the Junta on a number of occasions regarding the matter, but says it is still waiting for a reply.
The council is particularly worried, and has informed the Junta eight times over the last year about the state of the Guadaiza, Guadalpin, Panorama, Segundo and Nagueles streams and rivers.
Environmental department councillor Antonio Espada explained that the council is unable to carry out the work itself as the necessary funds and equipment are not available, and workers are not qualified to do so.