NIJAR Council has approved a decree which will enable it to carry out urgent work to fence off a footpath Around the castle at Cala de San Pedro in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, due to the danger of the tower and outer walls collapsing.
The 16th century fortress, which was declared a BIC (cultural interest asset) in 1985 was declared ruined by the council 2013. The owners were given two weeks to take safety measures in order to avoid putting walkers and people using the popular beach below in danger.
However, battles have been going on between the authorities and the owners ever since as each party claims it is the other’s responsibility.
The new council decree insists that it is not allowed to carry out any work on the building itself, but will be fencing off the area and putting warning signs up on the beach at a cost of €1,300, the bill.
This will “absolutely” be passed on to the owners, said Beaches, Tourism and Cultural Heritage Councillor, Alexis Pineda.
Two months ago the Amigos del Parque Natural Cabo de Gata-Nijar association wrote to the Andalucian ombudsman’s office asking it to take up the matter, and push for enforced expropriation of the castle as permitted by article 18 of the 14/2007 Andalucian Historical Heritage Law.