The dispute over the boundary between Benalmádena and Fuengirola will be resolved by the Junta de Andalucía in the near future, probably by the end of this month, but it looks as if the regional government will base its decision on the document from 1874 which was signed by both municipalities.
If so, that would benefit Benalmádena, which is claiming ownership of 74,500 square metres in the Reserva del Higuerón area.
Fuengirola included this land in its town masterplan (PGOU) after Benalmádena, by technical error, failed to include it in the first plan it drew up in 1981, when the site was undeveloped. Matters came to a head several years ago when Benalmádena realised how much money Fuengirola council was receiving from IBI tax, works licences and other taxes from the hundreds of residents who now live in that area.
The mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, says the council does not accept that the boundary set in 1874 is still valid, but Víctor Navas, her counterpart in Benalmádena council, says he will take the matter to the courts if the Junta decides in Fuengirola's favour.