Centre completion boost in Costa Blanca

EMPTY SHELL: La Zenia site of the incomplete centre.

THE LONG saga over the unfinished Orihuela Costa Emergency Centre at La Zenia has taken another positive step. Orihuela council has now advertised a tender to contract an architect and technical staff to oversee the project, which would take up to 10 months to complete once work starts at the site. The drawn-out affair dates back to the original contractor going bust in 2012, with just the basic shell of the building erected close to the Consum supermarket. There then followed years of inactivity from the Valencian regional government and Orihuela council, with protests and complaints by Orihuela Costa residents that their needs were being ignored. The regional government eventually decided last year that Orihuela should oversee the two million-euro project, but promises of tenders being advertised by the council last summer came to nothing. The building will house all of the Orihuela Costa ́s emergency services like the Guardia Civil, local police, firefighters, and civil protection volunteers.


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