Ángeles Muñoz, who returned to power in Marbella this week after a vote of no confidence in the former Socialist mayor, José Bernal, has said that there are certain areas of local government that she wants to be responsible for herself.
She will not appoint separate councillors to oversee Tourism, Foreign Residents, Culture, Education and Security.
In her first interview with SUR after winning office, the new mayor said the departments were so important she wished to have overall control. Tourism will be run day-to-day by a qualified manager.
There’s been “a clear deterioration” she said, adding that “the people of Marbella are going to be very demanding” and stating that she felt there needed to be better planning of the public services.
On Tuesday Muñoz said that the new administration in the town would rule by consensus and that she would urge the regional and national governments to invest more in the town.
In particular the new mayor drew attention the half-completed extension to the Costa del Sol Hospital and the expansion of La Bajadilla port as examples of projects she would be fighting for.
In addition she said she would work to secure better health facilities, an AVE high speed rail connection and the construction of spits to prevent the erosion of sand from the resort’s beaches.
The new council has also committed to carrying on the urgent task of updating Marbella’s master town plan document (PGOU).
The existing, heavily outdated 1986 document will be adapted so it can be used legally while experts work on plans for a totally new one.