Facelift costing 4.5 million euros to go ahead in neglected area of Torremolinos

Residents listen to Tocón.
Residents listen to Tocón. / SUR
  • The town hall has announced plans to improve La Cañada de los Cardos on the outskirts of the resort

Torremolinos town hall held a meeting with more than 50 residents of the La Cañada de los Cardos district of the town last week to announce its plans to improve the neighbourhood after years of apparent neglect. Councillor for Town Planning, Maribel Tocón, presented the residents with a proposal to refurbish the area, which is lacking adequate lighting and has damaged roads and pavements. The work will include the installation of new street lighting, repaved walkways, a pedestrian crossing and the removal of unsightly signs and items in public areas.

The proposal also includes plans to install a one-way traffic system and initiatives to improve parking facilities.

Residents of the area, who have campaigned for more than ten years to have the district revamped, had accused the town hall of overlooking their plight. The project, which is estimated to cost 4.5 million euros, was discussed during a prior meeting between the town's mayor, José Ortiz, and the local residents association last December.

Maribel Tocón said, "Today we fulfil our commitment to the residents of La Cañada de los Cardos to move forward with the project to improve their neighbourhood. These residents have waited for so many years simply because their neighbourhood has been ignored."

The work is expected to start in April.