Gran Ala­cant clinic rul­ing

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Santa Pola town hall is to ap­peal a court judg­ment which severely dented the amount of money it was claim­ing from a com­pany which ran a clinic from mu­nic­i­pal premises in Gran Ala­cant but never paid the an­nual fee for the con­ces­sion.

The town hall claimed the com­pany owes it €109,371, which con­sists of €89,751 for non-pay­ment of the €10,900 an­nual con­ces­sion fee, €6,597 for al­ter­ations made to the premises, and €13,022 for ex­penses when a coun­cil worker had to be posted there be­cause the com­pany failed to up­hold its end of the con­tract. The com­pany, Clínica Gran Ala­cant SL ap­pealed the coun­cil’s cal­cu­la­tions and the court ruled it only had to pay €13,022 for the per­son­nel ex­penses. Ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing, this was be­cause the Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) coun­cil at the time had made no ef­fort to de­mand the con­ces­sion fees from the com­pany, and the pe­riod in which it could re­claim the cost of the al­ter­ations had ex­pired. A coun­cil spokes­woman said the cur­rent coali­tion coun­cil will ap­peal to claim the full amount of the debt. She said the com­pany did not pay for the con­ces­sion be­cause it was sup­posed to carry out med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions of all coun­cil work­ers on sick leave in­stead, but did not do most of them so when the con­tract ex­pired the town hall asked for the money that should have been paid an­nu­ally. The court is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether ex-mayor Miguel Zaragoza and other PP coun­cil­lors con­spired with the busi­ness to give jobs to party and fam­ily mem­bers.

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