Gran Alacant clinic ruling
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.