A crane stands motionless at the Costa del Sol hospital. :: josele-lanza
Marbella council, the Junta de Andalucía and the private company involved are at the point of reaching an agreement which will finally see the go-ahead of the expansion of the Costa del Sol hospital, a building project which has been on hold for more than four years.
The accord will be signed in the next few days and is to include the commitment of all three parties to withdraw all the contentious issues which turned the scheme into a veritable legal labyrinth and reached as far as the courts.
With the agreement those involved will be obliged to ensure that the works begin once more before the end of the year. In a long period of negotiation, the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, became personally involved and a key role was played by the hospital’s director, Alfonso Gámez.
Marbella council has handed over to the Junta de Andalucía all the necessary land for the culmination of the project and the Junta, in turn, has put the land at the disposition of the investors, a private company. This ground, according to council sources, has been valued at 18 million euros. The council has also agreed to process the necessary licences for the car parking concession.
The Junta de Andalucía, as well as withdrawing the legal action it had taken against the private investors, has also agreed to compensate them for the time when works were stalled - which meant that it was unable to fill the underground car parks which were part of the deal to fund the project. The Junta is also to assume the responsibility for seeing that the expansion project is re-started and completed.
For its part, the investing company, as well as withdrawing the lawsuits it presented against both Marbella council and the Junta de Andalucía, is obliged to start the works as soon as possible.
In addition the company is to come to a final agreement with Marbella council over the tariff for the car park.
On this matter, there is an initial agreement that vehicles registered in Marbella will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount. The council is also planning to set up a system whereby patients with chronic diseases who have to attend the hospital regularly and those with limited finances are able to get some kind of discount.
It is understood that this agreement will be signed by all three parties in Marbella - and most probably one day next week.
It is the fruit of a long period of intense, delicate and complicated negotiation between the council and the Junta de Andalucía.