The IKEA saga

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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: The plan has once again come to a halt.

THE shadow of businessman Enrique Ortiz has reappeared in the Ikea saga in Rabasa, Alicante. The Consell has sought to rescue plans to house the Swedish furniture giant in the city after years of debate and delays.

The Rebasa area is the proposed site but it appears that some of the land is still owned by Ortiz, the real estate promoter embroiled in the Gurtel corruption case.

The intention of the Government, supported by Alicante Mayor, Gabriel Echavarri, is to design an operation that would be free of all suspicion and be fully transparent in allowing for the urban development and to get Ikea in Alicante. 

The president of the Consell, Ximo Puig, has also announced he wants to create a commission for monitoring the development of the operation, which will direct the Minister of Transparency and the General Director of Planning, to remove any suspicions. 

Meanwhile there have been objections about using public money to buy land for an Ikea site that mostly remains under the ownership of Enrique Ortiz and his companies. 

PP spokesman of the main opposition group in Alicante, Luis Barcala, expressed “many doubts” about the operation. The Swedish company has since said it will only consider the location of Rebasa to settle in Alicante.

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