The Mayor of Almuñécar, J.J. Ruiz Joya, announced that the parking under the Paseo del Altillo is now open, at last, five days into August.
He announced that he had obliged them to carry out safety work within the installations, such as the fire-prevention systems. The leaseholder for the car park had only just finished installing them a couple of days ago, he said.
This parking facility, with a capacity of 400 parking spaces, was partially closed after the lower floor was flooded because four pumps had packed up – the parking is below sea level, obviously.
Once the pumps had been replaced, it was found that the water had damaged the pumps belonging to the fire-prevention system feeding the sprinklers, etc.
“We in the Town Hall had obligated the leaseholder to repair this safety system because we were not going to permit the parking to open unless they were 100% guaranteed safe,” said Mayor Ruiz Joya.
He went on to say that there are still many maintenance tasks pending in the car park but they do not affect the safety of the installations. However, he said, once the summer had concluded, then they would make the leaseholders carry out this maintenance work.
“I feel that we can all congratulate ourselves,” he concluded.
Editorial comment: that all sounds wonderful, but why were car owners who had long-term rental contracts for parking down there allowed to use it, if it was so unsafe that people wanting to park a few hours were not allowed to use it? It was either safe or it was not.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)