Torre del Mar's long-awaited theatre has hit another setback after plans were unveiled last month to build 2,800 homes on land previously earmarked for the cultural centre.
Speaking to SUR earlier this week, councillor for Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, (GIPMTM) said that his office would "wait until the end of this year" to see how plans for the homes on the land to the west of the town, on both sides of the Río Vélez, otherwise known as SUPT-T-12, would develop, before deciding whether to go ahead with a new location for the theatre, which he said has been "promised to residents by different political parties for many years."
Atencia explained that although a theatre has been a priority for different political parties for a number of years, the construction has never got off the ground.
The alternative site currently being studied is next to Torre del Mar's indoor swimming pool, near the Tomillar neighbourhood and the Axarquía hospital.
A computer-generated image of the centre shows plans for a 4,450-square -metre building, complete with an auditorium with 527 seats, exhibition space, four floors and room for a car park. Atencia told SUR that his party has already set aside 3.3 million euros for the project, which would need a budget of 9.5 million euros in total.
'A scandalous waste of money'
Vélez-Málaga town hall opposition spokesperson, Francisco Delgado (PP), hit back at Atencia's plans saying that his party was "very critical" of a "scandalous waste of money and harebrained idea". He claimed that his PP party had suggested building an auditorium next to the old Azucarera (sugar cane factory) to the east of the town, but that the "GIPMTM doesn't think that is enough and they prefer to spend 9.5 million euros" on a completely new building.