THE Territorial Delegation of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía has fined the Velez Malaga Local Council €3000 for the unauthorised construction works taking place at the Plaza de las Carmelitas.
According to the regional board, the works have taken place without the relevant authorisation owing to the fact that they are located next to the protected convent of the Carmelitas.
“The Town Hall only requested authorisation to carry out the archaeological tastings, but not for the intervention, which was carried out later. The resolution also includes the beginning of works without this authorization from the Cultural Administration,” said a spokesman of the PP government.
Francisco Delgado Bonilla, leader of the PP in Velez Malaga has called out PSOE mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer for only applying for “authorisation to carry out the archaeological testings, but not for the construction work, which was carried out later.”
The PSOE government has voluntarily paid the fine and has since remarked that the case is now closed but the PP are pushing for responsibility.
Delgado Bonilla has demanded “that those who have failed to comply with the law be held responsible, both the mayor and the councillor for Infrastructures or the councillor for Culture”, and has considered that “someone has to show his face” in relation to this sanction, “which has been totally hidden not only from the people of Velez, but also from the opposition”.
Bonilla is also evaluating further works that have been carried out at the convent to ensure they have been given the correct approvals, including the replacement of a step at the entrance to the building with a ramp.
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