Mijas housing estates will have to spend 42 million euros to be adopted by the council

Some Mijas developments are in better condition than others.
Some Mijas developments are in better condition than others. / SUR
  • Only 39 of the 200 developments in line to be offered full council services at last can be adopted immediately, says audit, although there is good news on costs for many of them

More than 200 'urbanizaciones' of houses and flats in Mijas have a great deal of work ahead and money to spend to complete the process of being adopted by the council.

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, met with the presidents of the residents' associations on Wednesday to give them more detail of the results of a study commissioned by the council. It calculates that about 42 million euros will have to be spent by homeowners to finish incomplete infrastructure if they are to benefit from being fully integrated into the municipality.

“Previous councils have agreed to these developments being built, have granted first occupancy licences and then refunded warranties without ensuring that the relevant works had been carried out,” sources at the town hall said earlier this week ahead of the meeting. “It means that the property owners will have to finance the completion of the work or repairs themselves if the council is to adopt those developments.”

Of the 200 'urbanizaciones' that don't currently get full street maintenance and cleansing services, only 39 can have them immediately as they are considered to be ready. Others will need to pay to correct the deficiencies first. However there was good news from the mayor's meeting for many estates, as owners could end up paying less money to fix the problems ahead of being adopted than they have been paying at the moment in annual fees to private maintenance companies.

Seeking consensus

“It's the first time a definitive step has been taken towards adopting these 'urbanizaciones'. No previous council has cared about these people,” the mayor said. “Now we need to seek consensus with the owners, see what assistance we can give them, and work out a timetable.”

“We have to listen to people, consider all their opinions. This isn't going to be an easy task, but with effort we can achieve it. That was our commitment, and we are fulfilling it,” said the mayor.

Now the town hall has to draw up the plans to put the process into effect, deciding where to start and how long it will take.

Residents of some of these estates of houses or flats have been calling for Mijas town hall to adopt them and provide them with the same services as everyone else in the municipality for nearly 40 years. This has now become a possibility, but even if consensus is achieved between all the affected property owners it will still be a slow process carried out in phases.