NERJA Council are once more under fire in relation to the €46 million municipal wastewater treatment plant, which was completed in March 2015 but remains deserted and unused.
The Spanish agricultural minister, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, assured that the facility would be “fully functional” by June this year, but there appears to be no clear end in sight for what is becoming an endless story that has already bridged two decades.
Meanwhile, untreated sewage continues to be pumped directly into the Mediterranean Sea, polluting habitats and exerting a detrimental effect on local marine life.
Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, is under no illusions about who she believes is to blame.
“We started to discover there were a number of violations by the previous council, and they were even warned by municipal technicians, who they ignored.
“The final straw was when we found out the contractor was on the verge of bankruptcy.”