Mijas up in arms over scramble for parking spaces

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PEOPLE in Mijas are becoming increasingly frustrated with parking problems in the area, and one local representative has asked police not to fine tourists parked illegally for fear of chasing away custom.

Finding a space has become almost impossible, especially in La Cala and the Riviera del Sol residential Complex as well as other coastal sites, say locals.

Both residents and visitors are complaining, and there are reports that many drivers, mainly foreigners, are forced to park illegally.

Delivery workers say they can no longer use parking spaces especially reserved for them as other vehicles are already parked in them when they arrive. One of them, Francisco Moron, told Spanish daily SUR: “In Riviera, most of them are foreigners parking in prohibited places.”

Miguel Martinez, president of the Riviera community of owners, complained that the Local Police is fining a large amount of people, and called for leniency: “We have to be a bit more permissive with tourists, as they are our main source of income.”

On the other hand, Local Police chief Francisco Rosas denied any increase in the amount of fines and said: “We only attend when we are called. To La Cala, for example, we have only gone once as vehicles were obstructing the Calle Antequera roundabout.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Just 2 days ago the police where fining a car in La Cala as it was parked on a corner to unload items for the seafront market.

    This was inevitable, the town halls ‘not only Mijas town hall’ have been continually removing roadside parking for the last couple of years, in La Cala the argument has been they can park at the feria ground but it at times is difficult to park in.
    Mijas organises events in La Cala which is great but they put them in the SuperSol car park! Things to attract more people but take away a huge amount of parking when these events could be set up on the central walk area that they have used at times for similar events.
    Town halls here just don’t seem to get the fact that in order to bring people to a town you need to give them parking and not parking that is outside the town or a distance away ‘they want to park near where they are going’ which is just common sense, if a family are going to the beach they will have the car crammed with items and do not want to walk back and forwards to a car that is parked a long way away.

    One of the issues here has been years of wanting to try and get every penny they could for land and so the roads between plots where just large enough for roads with two lanes, they have made some of these with parking on one side and one direction only that gives some parking but in La Cala for example there is a piece of land at the Mijas Playa end of the town that needs to be used for a multi story while at the other end there are a couple of small places left for the same, if something is not done then La Cala will become a lot worse, once the Feria ground is used for building then that will be gone also. This has been a simple case of no thought being put in by past town hall counsellors and the same is happening now.

  2. IN THE LOWER PART OF RIVIERA DEL SOL BY THE PLAZA THERE SHOULD BE A ONE OR TWO HOUR PARKING RESTRICTION AS MANY OF THE CAR SPACES ARE OCCUPIED BY PEOPLE SPENDING ALL DAY ON THE BEACH.

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