Many residents in the Mijas municipal area who live on privately-constructed residential areas, or 'urbanizaciones', look set to see their services provided by the local council in the future.
Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, local councillor, Andrés Ruiz and town planning councillor, José Carlos Martín, announced on Monday that Camping La Cala would be the first residential area for ten years to have the management of services, such as street lighting and sewerage, taken over by the council.
The council wants to give services to residents "wherever they live in Mijas", said the mayor, who plans to add more private residential areas to the municipal register in phases.
According to the councillors, the infrastructure at Camping La Cala that the town hall is taking over is "in perfect condition" and complies with current legislation.
" Today is an important day for Mijas because, after a decade, we have succeeded in incorporating an 'urbanización', which is also the first step in keeping our promise to take on all the private estates across the municipal area", explained Maldonado, who also announced that an audit and analysis of the residential areas in Mijas would be finished this year.
The last area that the town hall took over was the Ensanche de La Cala, some ten years ago.
A forty-year wait
The aim of the audit is to study the 200 private residential areas within Mijas's boundaries, looking at the work that would need to be carried out and funds required to bring them under town hall jurisdiction. Some local residents' groups have been demanding for almost 40 years that the council take action.