The preservation of Malaga's emblematic Alcazaba and Gibralfaro fortification is a growing concern after the collapse of a wall on the south side of the former last week followed a similar incident on the northern wall of the castle in November.
While both incidents were quickly patched up, full repairs and work to ensure there is no further damage is still several months from starting due to the complex bureaucratic processes involved in the alteration of protected buildings.
"It will probably be this year, but I can't give a date," said Francisco Pomares, councillor at Malaga city hall, whose department, he says, is already drawing up an action plan in collaboration with architect Luis Felipe González-Cebrián.
Pomares hasn't ruled out, however, bringing in external experts to advise on this "very delicate and complex" operation.
Once this initial plan is ready, as both buildings have been given protected BIC (asset of cultural interest) status, it must then be submitted for review to the ministry of Culture at the Junta de Andalucía regional government. Once approved, it must then be put out to tender.
Until that point, however, temporary repairs are the only solution that the city hall is permitted to undertake.