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Residents' groups to hold protest over delays to coastal path

  • Work started last February but has not yet finished, despite the contract saying that the work should have been finished in 49 days

Members of local residents' groups in Chilches, Benajarafe and Valle Niza are calling on local residents to join them on Saturday evening to protest over delays to work to a coastal path. They claim that the delay has not been explained by Vélez-Málaga town hall.

The protest will start at the old Chilches train station building at 7pm and finish at the Benajarafe station building, which is the stretch of coast where the path should have been built. Work started last February but has not yet finished, despite the contract saying that the work should have been finished in 49 days.

This is the third protest of its kind, with the last one taking place exactly one year ago. "There is a complete lack of interest from the local government, despite enormous local support," said Olga Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Chilches and Benajarafe residents' group.

The group also opposes the sale of a plot of public land in Benajarafe, known as Los Arquillos, which was sold by the town hall, despite residents claiming that it is used for a number of activities and events in the village. "It has been sold against the will of the majority of neighbours with no explanation from the mayor," Rodríguez said.