A PETITION that has gathered over 5,000 signatures is demanding Velez-Malaga’s theatre, Lope de Vega, be restored.
Local businessmen have formed a group, pressuring the city’s council to start works on the building, which was acquired for €500,000 in 2014.
The group handed its petition to the town hall last week, asking the city’s tripartite government to get to work on the theatre and on reopening the San Francisco market as a commercial centre. They argued the works were “very important and enriching for the entire historical centre of Velez-Malaga.”
The group’s head, Fran Delgado, added, “we need these two projects for their dynamism. The opening of the San Francisco market as a commercial and restoration centre, and the beginning of the works of Lope de Vega are complementary projects, connected to each other.
“We demand that these investments are sped up in order to revitalise their surroundings and get back to the splendour, both commercial and economic, that this part of the city has always had.”
Countering, the council’s Head of Enterprise and Employment, Maria Jose Roberto, explained last month, “the project is being finalised and companies and entrepreneurs can already register their interest in settling in this emblematic building.”