CUEVAS CABLE SKI FLOP
Rowing canal remains empty months after council heralded new dawn for troubled complex
Cuevas council’s highly trumpeted plans to transform the town’s disused rowing canal and turn it into Europe’s leading cable skiing facility looks no closer to becoming reality months after a contract to run the installation was awarded to a Polish-owned firm.
The local authority announced in July that Luna Cable Park had been granted a 35-year licence to run the “biggest cable skiing installation in Europe”, stating that the complex could be up and running by November following a €1.7m refurbishment.
But almost four months on the site remains empty, with no sign of staff or the 600-metre long cable ski mechanism. In addition, there is now a major water leak to contend with, due to a broken pipe which has been spilling silt into the canal for more than a week.
Sports councillor Miriam Quintana this week admitted to CA News that she did not now know when the complex would open, adding that the company had yet to hire all the necessary staff. In an astonishing admission she also revealed that the cable ski mechanism was still under construction. She said: “Right now the firm is cleaning the area and has placed an order for the cable ski, but I don’t know when it will be up and running.”
This reporter can confirm there were bin liners filled with rubbish stacked against the main building, although no staff were at the site last week. There was also evidence of damage to some of the installations. Sra Quintana went on to concede that broken or missing wiring and pipe-work had not yet been replaced. Despite this, the council has not issued the firm with a deadline to complete the work.
Criticism about the project was voiced in September by the council’s coalition partners in the Ciudadanos party. Councillor Indalecio Modesto said he had been against awarding the contract to a foreign company. He also cast doubt on the promise of jobs and was critical about the tendering process as only one other firm had tabled a bid to run the facility.
The premises remain empty
Water and silt from a broken mains pipe has been seeping into the rowing canal for days