The year begins in Almuñécar with the announcement that stall holders in the municipal market will not have to pay rent for the next six months.
These six-month waivers on stall rent have been renewed ever since the underground car park was closed down in 2013.
It was a year ago that the Mayor announced that they were going to put the new-market project up for bidding. However, as the lease terms for operating the new building includes running with the costs of demolishing the old market, as well as building a new one, no bidders came forward.
The Mayor has since announced that her team would continue working on the project, “as if it were the first day,” and said that they were working along the lines of “several possibilities.” She considers that her plans for a new market are the most important of her legislature and that her intention is to get it moving again as soon as possible.
In the meantime she has visited other municipal markets such as the one in Roquetas de Mar, Salobreña and Vélez Málaga to analysis the best measures to include in the projected Almuñécar municipal market.
Editorial comment: more and more stallholders are abandoning the market as this state of limbo is strangling any trade they used to have. It is no longer a case of what the best option is, but rather that further delay is definitely not an option.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)