More houses for the coast
Windfall will fund expropriation of historic monument
By Nuria Pérez PILAR de la Horadada town hall has sold an 8,000-squaremetre area in Riomar to a construction company for €4.6 million at auction.
Vecinos por el Pilar (VPP) councillor for infrastructures José Francisco Albaladejo said the asking price had been €3.4 million and the council had made an extra €1.2 million.
The land is behind the beach and infrastructure has already been installed for properties.
The land use is classified as residential.
However, the council has not indicated how many homes will be built on the vast area.
Sr Albaladejo said the extra money will be invested in the expropriation of the watchtower at Torre de la Horadada.
He said that the council is committed to going ahead with the 'take-over' because the owners are not maintaining the monument or opening it up to required by law.
The councillor pointed out that the watchtower will visits, as have to be assessed by an independent company and the local authroity is entitled to ask for a fair price because it is a protected cultural monument.
“We still don’t know how much the expropriation will cost and how much the maintenance works will be, but we are committed to using the funds to buy the monument, repair it and open it to visits,” he said.
The remainder of the auction cash will be invested in the planned extension and refurbishment of the health centre in Pinar de Campoverde; the participative budget proposals made by residents; and the purchasing of land to encourage investors to build a hotel in the town.
Sr Albaladejo pointed out that it is very important that the local tourist industry is not only based on holiday home construction and the town should have quality hotels on the coast.
José Francisco Albaladejo at the watchtower