More houses for the coast

Wind­fall will fund ex­pro­pri­a­tion of his­toric mon­u­ment

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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

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