The Mayor of Almuñécar, Trinidad Herrera, gave just one day’s notice to stallholders at the Municipal Market to shut up shop and move out.
According to the Spokesperson for the Defence of the Market Platform, Javier González, the Mayor convoked a meeting with them yesterday afternoon in the Casa de la Cultura in order to tell them verbally and not in writing that they had Friday (today) to pack up and get out.
He said that the Mayor justified this action with a report that declared the building to be in a ‘ruinous state;’ in other words, the same as the parking area in its basement.
It was a year ago that the contract for the demolition and construction of a new Municipal Market was put up for bidding, but nobody come forward. Yet, suddenly, out of the blue, the stallholders feel, came an order to close it down within 24 hours.
Consequently, the association of stallholders is contemplating both legal action and holding a sit in to prevent the eviction.
The opposition parties; namely Benavides’ party (CA) and the socialists (PSOE) were not slow to comment on the situation. The socialist, party leader, Rocio Palacios, considers that the report used to justify the eviction was “orchestrated” by the Mayor and leaves the stallholders defenceless. She considers that the Mayor couldn’t give a damn for the future of the stallholders as she is only concerned with speculation over the vacant plot once it is privatised.
Juan Carlos Benavides considers that the Mayor forced the said report through in order to evict stallholders and demolish the building as soon as possible in order to prevent a challenge to the accuracy of the report regarding the state of the building thus giving the stallholders time to build a legal defence.
Editorial comment: There has long been something ‘fishy at the fish market (and it’s not the merchandise) as far as the Mayor’s intention goes for its future. This lightning move only seems to accentuate that sensation.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)