Con­struc­tion com­pany faces lo­cal ban

Jávea to take ac­tion fol­low­ing pub­lic works project con­tro­ver­sry

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton [email protected]­

POLITI­CIANS plan to ban a con­struc­tion com­pany from bid­ding for pub­lic works af­ter a stale­mate was reached over an im­por­tant Costa Blanca project.

Jávea Town Hall will put the con­tract to build a new au­di­to­rium out to ten­der again af­ter be­ing re­leased from its agree­ment with JOCA In­ge­niería y Con­struc­ciones SA – noth­ing has hap­pened on site for six months.

And it was al­leged the com­pany had aban­doned the site af­ter sub­mit­ting a se­ries of re­quests for its con­tract to be mod­i­fied.

Mayor Jose Chulvi an­nounced that the ter­mi­na­tion of the orig­i­nal agree­ment was en­dorsed by a spe­cial coun­cil of jus­tice for breach of con­tract – and ap­proved Jávea’s de­ci­sion to claim the €98,998 guar­an­tee de­posited by JOCA when awarded the work.

The politi­cian said the town also wanted to pun­ish the com­pany; a year af­ter win­ning the con­tract, just over 3% of the de­vel­op­ment had been com­pleted and had 'paral­ysed the project in an un­just man­ner for months whilst also at­tempt­ing all means pos­si­ble to de­lay the ad­min­is­tra­tion process'.

The mayor said the town hall would press for JOCA to be banned from ten­der­ing for pub­lic con­tract work in fu­ture; and called for the com­pany to lose its li­cence with the state con­tract­ing board.

Mr Chulvi de­scribed the com­pany as be­ing 'to­tally in­com­pe­tent' in its fail­ure to build the hall, a long term de­mand from Jávea res­i­dents – he said he did not want an­other com­mu­nity to suf­fer 'what Jávea has suf­fered with such an im­por­tant and iconic project'.

And coun­cil­lor for cul­ture, Quico Mor­agues stressed the town hall would not sit on its hands when a com­pany did not be­have cor­rectly and would take ac­tion.

Mayor Chulvi and Coun­cil­lor Mor­agues

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