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Crumbling seafront eyesore in Benalmádena forces closure of beach

The former retirement home is a familiar sight in Benalmádena.
The former retirement home is a familiar sight in Benalmádena. / I. G.
  • The mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, has pleaded with Fundación Unicaja to reach an agreement to remove the unsafe building that is under their possession

A stretch of beach alongside a derelict seafront retirement home has had to be closed off because the local council says the structure is in danger of falling down on beachgoers.

Ever since it shut in 2011, Benalmádena council has been trying to get the owners of the Marymar retirement home to give up possession of the building, overlooking the sea and squeezed between the main coast road and the beach, so it can be knocked down.

However the owners, Fundación Unicaja, the charitable arm of the Malaga-based bank Unicaja is still in possession of the building, despite not using it. At the latest quarterly inspection of the site by town hall engineers, it was decided that the poor state of the building was a risk to people on the beach below and the decision was taken to cordon off part of the sand.

The mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, has pleaded with Fundación Unicaja to reach an agreement to remove the building. The old home has been at the centre of controversy due to its location ever since it was built.

Referring to the proposed demolition, the mayor said: "It will give us extra space to expand our paseo marítimo" and appealed for "sense" and "responsibility" from Unicaja.