VILLENA has lost a grant of nearly €500,000 to renovate the town hall.
When the Valencian regional government approved the hand-out in September 2018 it set a deadline of November 15 this year for the work to be done. But with just a month to go work on the Palacio Consistorial de Villena has not even been started.
Now the Generalitat has informed the new government team formed by PSOE and The Greens that the offer of €499,794 has been withdrawn. The total cost of the renovation work to the 16th century Town Hall amounts to €1,209,501.
The socialist councilman and delegate of Urbanism, Javier Martinez, says that the project is already drafted and is waiting for Heritage to give the go-ahead to put the work out to tender.
He added that the council will appeal against the regional government’s decision.
The building has been a poor state of repair for several years. Part of it has had to be propped and protective meshing put up to catch falling masonry and the first floor has been closed to the public.
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