The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has asked the council to vote on her plan to demand that the national government give the town seven properties owned by former town-planning head, Juan Antonio Roca, who was the mastermind of the Malaya corruption scandal.
Marbella is due significant compensation from the case generated from the ongoing sale of Roca's assets. However, to speed up the return of the money to the town, Muñoz wants 15-million-euros worth of property to be given directly to the council for public use.
Among the properties is Roca's former country home, Finca La Caridad, near San Pedro and valued at 5.7 million euros, a heliport near Nagüeles (769,000 euros), a luxury apartment in central Marbella (2.6 million euros), and a half-built building by the hospital earmarked as a new central courts complex for the town.
Councillors have also debated how to spend the 12 million euros recently handed to the town in cash by a court responsible for selling Roca's assets.