THE Guardia Civil were called in after “sensitive” documents went missing from the office of Teulada-Moraira’s municipal architect.
After finding empty cupboards, the architect contacted the Policía Local when nobody in the Urban Development department could tell him what had happened to the missing files.
Suspecting a robbery, the police contacted the Guardia Civil who initially considered sending in forensic fingerprint analysts until they found the documents in the rubbish.
The half-destroyed papers had been put inside rubbish bags and were on the point of being taken to a landfill site, revealed Opposition leader Raul Llobell in the Questions and Answers session at the last plenary council meeting.
“It was an error,” replied Rosa Vila, Teulada-Moraira’s mayor who belongs to the Compromis party.
“An employee in the Urban Development party thought the documents were old and went back to the days of the previous municipal architect. Since more space was needed, she mistakenly threw them out,” Vila said.
“But they were all scanned and wouldn’t have been lost,” the mayor added.
Nevertheless, not everybody was satisfied by the explanation, according to the local Spanish.
According to some municipal experts, the incident should have led to disciplinary proceedings.
“It’s obvious that nobody acted in bad faith but there are regulatory procedures that should be followed to dissipate any hint of suspicion,” they said.
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