Costas has still got its teeth into the sports facilities on La Herradura beach, seeking its demolition since May 2016.
The small, fenced-in, playing court was built in the 70s but thanks to a change to the laws governing beaches etc, Costas decided that it must go, no matter that it is the only outside sports area available to a nearby high school.
The Town Hall has pleaded with this dogged administration for the facilities to be considered ‘of public interest,’ as it is used for physical education facilities for the 160 pupils at the Instituto Villanueva del Mar.
On the 19th of June, however, the Town Hall received an ultimatum, ordering the demolition to be carried out within ten days. The Town Hall has disobeyed this order.
The next step will be for Costas, itself, to carry out the demolition and hand the Town Hall the bill (22,000 euros). This can happen at any moment, which includes in the height of summer causing maximum disruption to the beach area.
However, not all the blame can be laid at the foot of Costas because on the 16th of October Costas froze the demolition order, giving the Town Hall and the Junta de Andalucía six months to submit documents showing that the facilities had been legalised by the Regional Government. Costas received nothing in those six months, which provoked the 19th of June demolition order.
Sections 13 and 14 of Article 152 (Reglamento General de Costas) states that claimants have six months to present their case and if nothing is heard, the appeal is rejected, as administrative silence is considered a reply in itself. In other words, if Costas hears nothing from the Junta and the Town Hall, the stay of execution is annulled and the demolition goes ahead.
Furthermore, both the Almuñécar Town Hall and the Regional Government are run by the same party, the PP, so communication between them should be unencumbered by political rivalry.
(News: Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)