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