HEALTH CENTRE: Land dispute sparks delays in Costa clinic construction

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NERJA COUNCIL: Is trying to find a site for the town’s health centre. Credit: Ayuntamiento de Nerja

A DISPUTE over land ownership is delaying plans to build a new health centre in Nerja.

The town council has announced it is trying to register a plot of land in its name before building works can begin.  This plot is the fourth chosen for the centre since plans for a health clinic were approved more than 15 years ago.

Failure to agree a site for the building has caused infighting between the PSOE and Partido Popular (PP) parties. PSOE Councillor Jose Maria Rivas faced criticism for failing “to provide the documentation sent by the council to the Junta de Andalucia supposedly requesting a new location for the project.”  Mr Rivas countered that the previous governing team had also been, “invited to submit all documentation,” but had not.

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Earlier this year it was claimed the Junta de Andalucia, which is funding 50 per cent of the project, was still not committed to a health centre.  Ana Isabel Gonzalez, Delegate for Health from the Junta de Andalucia, explained, “we hope that money can be put aside in the 2019 budgets once the functional plan has been sent to the Ministry in Seville and approved.”

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