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Residents brave thunderstorm threat to protest over services

Residents gather outside the Chilches train station building.
Residents gather outside the Chilches train station building. / E. C.
  • Vélez-Málaga councillors say they are awaiting a response from the Junta de Andalucía to start construction on a coastal path along the N-340

Residents of the villages of Chilches and Benajarafe took to the streets on Monday evening to continue to protest over what they believe is a "lack of interest" from Vélez-Málaga town hall to provide basic services in the two villages.

Approximately 300 protesters marched along the N-340 between the old Chilches and Benajarafe train station buildings. "People have come out despite the threat of a thunderstorm," said Olga Rodríguez, spokesperson of the residents' association which represents the two villages.

They are asking for a working group to be established with the council to see that plans for coastal path along the N-340, along with improvements to the local primary school, greater police presence and basic health services come to fruition. The town hall has said they are awaiting a response from the Junta de Andalucía for the coastal path project.