Motril Town Hall is in the middle of negotiations with the Junta to unblock its plans before this regional authority for a greenhouse-sector expansion.
What the Town Council wants to modify its the greenbelt category within its already approved General Urban Development Plan (PGOU).
The Town Hall wants to increase the amount of land available within the municipality for plastic greenhouse farming, amongst other things.
Councillor for Urban Development, Antonio Escámez, was in Sevilla last Thursday on this mission. Following these talks the Mayor announced that she could be in the position to be able to call an Extraordinary Council Meeting to approve these modifications.
Councillor Escámez said that in the next four yours he will oversee an extra 1,200 hectares of plastic greenhouses, creating some 4,000 extra jobs, he claims.
One of the stumbling blocks when trying to get urban-development modifications approved by Sevilla is the necessity to carry out archaeological inspections by the Junta’s Department of Historical Heritage.
Finally, it should be pointed out that after the provisional approval of the modification the plans were put up for public scrutiny so that objections could be registered – none were made.
Editorial comment: In case you don’t remember, Sr. Escámez is the politician that epitomises Groucho Marx’s “I have my principals, but if you don’t like them, I have others.” His party’s votes were crucial to the present Mayor being able to take up office.
Furthermore, these 4,000 extra jobs: for whom, you may ask, because generally speaking locals don’t work in greenhouses – immigrants do because they are the only people that will put up with the heat and dismal salaries.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)