Controversial Hotel Project

Friday, November 10, 2017
By Martin Myall

ALM Turismo Tropical OnLThe main opposition party in the Provincial Council, the PP has criticised the assignation of 5m euros for a hotel project  on the Paseo de San Cristóbal in Almuñécar.

The Turismo Tropical de Almuñécar complex on the Paseo de San Cristóbal started off life as a home for the mentally challenged before being completely renovated in the 80’s and turned into a 62-flat, holiday home for pensioners and people with physical and/or mental limitations.

Then came February 2015 when the Council cancelled the contract with the company that ran the complex – since then it has remained closed, despite it being the only place on the coast with the beach on its doorstep for this kind of guests.

We ran an article on this back in December 2014, if readers would like more information.

This closure came at a time when the Provincial Council was in the hands of the PP but now it is governed by the socialists, PSOE, who made this latest decision to turn it into a normal hotel complex.

The problem with this new idea is that the Almuñécar PGOU (Urban Development Plan) won’t permit a hotel there. To change the PGOU would take at least two years and permission from Sevilla.

If such permission were obtained from the Junta then in the opinion of the PP the Council should lease the hotel to a company who carry out the building work as part of the lease agreement, rather than this being paid for from the public purse.

The PP consider it ludicrous that the Council should go into the hotel business itself, especially as it should be looking after the well-being of the towns and people of the province.

What the PSOE-run Council plans, is to pay for the building work and then lease the completed hotel to a private company. However, the reason that the complex was closed down in 2015 was because the PSOE back in the early 80’s had privatised the complex and the leasing company had run up bills and let the place run itself into the ground, allegedly.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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