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Nerja mayor expresses "concern" and "surprise" over delays to treatment plant

The pumping station at the Río Chillar is in place.
The pumping station at the Río Chillar is in place. / E. C.
  • Plans for a treatment plant in Nerja first came about in 1996 but a contract to start work wasn't signed until the end of 2013

Mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, has expressed his "concern" over the paralysis to work at Nerja's waste water treatment plant.

His comments came last Thursday following a meeting with the central government's environment ministry. Armijo, who was reelected in June having been mayor from 2005 to 2015, said he was "surprised by the information" he received from the central government that there had been no progress on a judicial report which is preventing the work from being completed. He added that the town hall would "take whatever action is necessary" for work to start again.

Plans for a treatment plant in Nerja first came about in 1996 but a contract to start work wasn't signed until the end of 2013. Work should have finished by summer 2016. However, a series of delays, including the company overseeing the project, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, declared bankruptcy in 2017, have prevented the project from being completed. Earlier this year the government's representative in Malaga, María Gamez, said the plant was expected to be finished by the end of 2019.