THE Municipal Social Group in Almeria City have issued a statement in which the right wing council’s decision to leave a new civic centre half-finished is described as “senseless squandering of public money.”
Located in the Pescaderia neighbourhood, the building has also received a €300,000 injection of EU funding, but the group’s leader, Manuel Vallejo, said that the council has “once again demonstrated a serious lack of foresight” by allowing the partially-constructed centre to fall into disrepair.
“It is beyond urgent that the city give the centre the social purpose for which it was created, rather than allowing it to collect rubbish and excrement, with rusty gates and broken windows,” blasted Vallejo.
“Six months after the building was finished, we now have a problem where none existed before, as the centre and its surroundings have become a focus for filth, which accumulates unchecked and makes the neighbourhood smelly.”
The councillor went on to lambast the lack of action on the council’s part, urging them to employ sanitary measures and finish the centre so that it can be used for its intended purpose.
“In this district more than a dozen social organisations are doing extraordinary work to help deprived families, and they could do so much more if they had this space available.”