One of the biggest projects proposed by the Ciudadanos party in Mijas is one step further towards becoming a reality, as the council has now contracted the Cemosa and Ingenia companies to carry out a detailed study of all the residential developments in the municipality, so that they can be 'adopted' by the local authority. This audit of the 200 urbanisations will cost about 97,000 euros.
Details of the project were provided by the mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, and the councillors for Town Planning and Infrastructure, Andrés Ruiz and José Carlos Martín respectively, at a press conference this week.
The council agreed earlier this year that it should begin taking over the residential developments because everybody living in the municipality is entitled to benefit from the same services. It decided that the quickest way of doing this would be to divide them into sectors according to age.
The oldest ones will be studied first, to see what condition they are in, what will be involved in providing them with the services they need, and how much it will cost to adopt and maintain them.
The mayor pointed out that the local authority has made a 50 per cent saving by awarding the contract to these two companies. They now have three months to carry out the study, so by the end of December the council will have a fullpicture of what the project entails and can work out a timetable, although José Carlos Martín stressed that the rate of progress will depend on the funds available.
The first urbanisations to be studied will be those classified as 'urban' in the 1987 Urban Plan for the municipality, and that survey will cost 44,467 euros. Next it will be the turn of the developments classified as urban in the 1999 Urban Plan, at a cost of 26,010 euros, and finally those 'suitable for urbanisation' in the 1999 Plan will be studied, at a cost of 26,580 euros.
“Everything has to be looked at in great detail and in accordance with the law. Our aim is to start taking the developments over in 2018,” said Andrés Ruiz, “but we don't know how long it will take to adopt them all. That will depend on the results of the analysis of each sector, and the municipal budget.”
The companies will produce a written description of the present condition of the residential developments, and details and costings of the services each one will need, including annual maintenance costs for street lighting and cleaning, rubbish collection, road resurfacing, paving etc.