Torrox Loses Car Park

Monday, October 21, 2019
By Hugh MacArthur

AXA Torrox Underground ParkingThe company that holds the lease for the underground car park in Torrox has said that it is going to close it down as it is financially unviable.

The said car park, La Almedina, which has space for 385 vehicles, has lost money for the leaseholder over the eleven years it has been operating it. For this reason, as of the 1st of January, the car park will remain closed until the Town Hall can find somebody else to run it.

The company complains that the Town Hall “continues to permit massive illegal parking in the vicinity,” which has been “gravely detrimental,” for the car park.

For this reason, the company had taken the Town Hall to court, claiming 33m euros in compensation on those grounds. They lost the case before the provincial court and then lost their appeal before the regional high court. After this second judicial defeat, they threw the towel in.

The company sent a letter to the Mayor, Óscar Medina (PP) informing him that the installations would close its door for the last time on the 31st of December, urging him to negotiate with them over taking the lease back.

For this purpose, the leaseholder commissioned a report determining how much the Town Hall would have to pay to regain running of the car park. “The company is taking eight times less than the quantity envisaged within the lease conditions, creating 4.2 euros in losses,” the report finds

The Town Hall had increased the duration of the lease in 2014 from 20 years to 40 years to compensate for this situation.

The Mayor has since said that they would not be taking any steps and if the company wants to go, then they should go as the public coffers cannot pay out several million euros.

(News: Torrox, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

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