The Almuñécar Town Hall has cancelled the leases on market stalls that have been closed for at least two years.
However, Convergencia Andaluza (Benavides) and the association for the defence of the municipal market have complained recently that the Town Hall has been cancelling stall-holder leases in some cases when the stalls have only been closed a week. The Mayor denies this.
She did point out, however, that local regulations allow the Town Hall to cancel leases if a stall remains closed for more than a week.
It was at the beginning of this month that the Town Hall began going through the leases, together with the leaseholders. According to the Councillor for Commerce, they have only cancelled five leases and only two of which have since appealed against the decision.
It was in 2013 that the underground parking area beneath the market was closed and since then leaseholders have not had to pay rent on their stalls.
The Mayor says that they have not received any requests to lease a stall, nor is it likely, she considers because at the moment they are deciding what to do with the building.
The association for the defence of the market consider that this is a manoeuvre to clear the market of leaseholders so that it can be demolished. Sales, they claim, have fallen by 80% so there are people who have closed their stalls with the intention of reopening them once the market is functioning again.
They also claim that people have requested licences but none have been given. Furthermore, the Town Hall, they claim has ceased to disinfect the market and other hygiene tasks, all with the idea of letting it go to pot so they can close it down.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)