Park plan in court

"It is paral­ysed un­til they tell us if the for­mer coun­cil acted cor­rectly - or not."

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Dave Jones [email protected]

The scheme to con­struct a park on a vast area of land at the en­trance to La Si­esta and El Cha­parral ur­ban­i­sa­tions is on hold while the courts in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing in the billing process for the ini­tial works back in 2015.

THE SCHEME to con­struct a park on a vast area of land at the en­trance to La Si­esta and El Cha­parral ur­ban­i­sa­tions in Tor­re­vieja is on hold while the courts in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing in the billing process for the ini­tial works back in 2015.

Mayor José Manuel Dolón told Costa Blanca News that the pre­vi­ous Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) coun­cil had asked lo­cal com­pa­nies to pro­vide ma­te­ri­als in a ‘com­pletely chaotic man­ner’.

“They did not fol­low the le­gal re­quire­ments to or­der the ma­te­ri­als for the park,” he said.

He said it ap­pears that lo­cal com­pa­nies were tele­phoned and asked to pro­vide items such as paving stones, plants, con­crete, etc, but no con­tracts were drawn up and proper bills were not sent to the town hall.

Coun­cil­lor Víc­tor Fer­ránedez had al­ready re­vealed that lo­cal busi­nesses asked to be paid a to­tal of €142,000 – and the town hall had re­fused be­cause the ser­vices had not been con­tracted fol­low­ing le­gal pro­some ce­dures. At the time Sr Fer­rán­dez also noted that no proper plan had been drawn up to con­struct a park, even though un­trained mem­bers of an un­em­ploy­ment work­shop had been work­ing at the site for five months in 2015.

Sr Dolón ex­plained this week that un­til the courts have ruled on the pay­ment process, the coun­cil can­not pro­ceed with the works to con­struct the park – or open up the area to the pub­lic.

“It is paral­ysed un­til they tell us if the for­mer coun­cil acted cor­rectly - or not,” said Sr Dolón.

The mayor added that many of the dis­puted bills had been re­turned to the com­pa­nies which asked for pay­ment.

He added that lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany, Tabisam had taken the coun­cil to court to claim the money but a judge ruled in the coun­cil’s favour.

They lost the case be­cause there was no of­fi­cial in­voice to show the ma­te­ri­als had been de­liv­ered, he said.

How­ever, coun­cil of­fi­cers have given the green light for of the bills to be paid.

The for­mer PP coun­cil an­nounced work would start on a 40,000-square-me­tre area shortly be­fore the lo­cal elec­tions in 2015. The park was to be con­structed by un­em­ployed peo­ple who had been handed short-term train­ing con­tracts, with fund­ing from the re­gional em­ploy­ment ser­vice. Res­i­dents voiced anger when the project was halted and the area fenced off. They handed a pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil call­ing for the works to be started again.

The area at the en­trance to La Si­esta and El Cha­parral ur­ban­i­sa­tions

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