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Locals take it into their own hands to spruce up Torremolinos amid town hall "neglect"

Residents tidying up their neighborhood.
Residents tidying up their neighborhood. / SUR
  • The PSOE-controlled minority council is blaming the opposition PP who have majority control of the public street-cleaning company, Litosa

A group of residents in Torremolinos, who say they are fed up with dirty pavements and cracked paintwork, have taken it into their own hands to tidy up their area.

Some 20 people have got together through social media to organise the action teams who are giving up their own time, and money, to carry out small improvements in parks, squares and avenues.

The group has called itself Torremolinos Actúa, (Torremolinos Acts). One of its leaders, Sergio Morales, explained this week that the iniciative came about after "frequent complaints to the town hall about the state of neglect in the municipality and the fact nothing was being done about it".

So far they have staged activities in several parts of the town, including cleaning, painting and gardening.

"We want this to be a wake-up call for the council, to see if they react," added Morales.

In less than two months, their Facebook page has attracted 400 supporters. The group say they wish to be nonpolitical and do not accept cash donations, although money can be left with a local home decorating shop, Pinturas Málaga Sol on Avenida de los Manantiales, if people wish to donate paint.

All their expenditure is published, "to show the town hall how little it costs to keep the place clean".

The PSOE-controlled minority council has criticised the opposition PP, who have the most seats on the board at the public street-cleansing company, Litosa, which is responsible for keeping the town clean.