A campaigning group has made a formal complaint to the Junta de Andalucía regional government and local town hall about damage and graffiti on a seventeenth-century sugarcane mill on the outskirts of Marbella.
The Trapiche del Prado is just two kilometres to the north of the Old Town and has protected status. However a group of locals set up to ensure the ruined structure's survival say that there has been vandalism on three of its walls and they complain about “a lack of security and the state of abandon of this piece of history”.
Fencing broken down
The group goes on to remind the town hall of “its commitment to the plan to fence off the perimeter, clean up the site, clear vegetation and other work to protect it.”
They add that “the protective fencing around the building has been broken down in several places.”
Promises to protect it
The mill, originally used to press sugar cane when it was a widespread crop in the area, is registered as a building of special historical interest and has been the subject of various proposed schemes to conserve or restore it.
Marbella councillor for Culture, Carmen Díaz, has replied to the group's concerns saying that the town hall is waiting for permission from the Junta de Andalucía, that oversees heritage buildings, to carry out the promised work to protect the site.
Díaz defended the “interest and speed” of the council so far.