SANTA FAZ residents are opposing plans for a petrol station facing the monastery and medieval defence tower.
Complaints should be referred to the regional government’s culture department, not him, said Miguel Angel Pavon, town planning councillor at Alicante City Hall.
A law passed by the national government in 2013 to generate employment states that city and town halls may not turn down applications for petrol stations on industrial or commercial land, Pavon’s department explained.
The proposed filling station will be 100 metres from the monastery which for centuries has housed a length of ancient linen said to bear the imprint of Christ’s face.
“The monastery is one of the most important symbols of our identity and the city’s,” declared opposition councillor Luis Barcaa, who applauded the Santa Faz Residents’Association. “They aren’t doing this for themselves but for all Alicantinos.”
There is already a petrol station near the monastery and with another under construction there would be three within the same 400-metre section of the main road.