This summer alone Benalmádena town hall issued almost 500 fines for non-compliance with municipal bylaws, most of which were related to public cleanliness.
As the councillor for Public Safety, Javier Marín, explained at a press conference on Wednesday: "July was the month when there was a significant increase in actions related to compliance with municipal regulations. It was the time of greatest tourist activity and influx of visitors to the municipality."
The councillor explained that "once again" the greatest number of complaints related to failure to comply with waste disposal ordinances. Specifically, he referred to breaches such as leaving furniture out on the street outside collection hours (76 penalties), dumping of garden waste (43) or misuse of organic waste containers (more than thirty).
Marín said that 215 of the 478 complaints were related to non-compliance with the ordinances on citizen coexistence, which includes all those related to waste.
This also includes fines for nuisance caused to neighbours, a total of 32, and was especially significant in July (14) due to the greater influx of tourists.
On the other hand, more than 140 fines were related to pet ordinances: sanctions for failing to identify or have the relevant documentation of potentially dangerous dogs, or for failing to remove or clean up pet faeces or urine from the street.
Marín insisted that the Local Police's role is to spread awareness and information to residents and not to dish out fines. He points to the fact that they dealt with more than 600 incidents, but only 478 complaints were finally lodged. "The Local Police are not there to sanction, but to help citizens to know and comply with what is set out in the ordinances, but if there is no other option, and if the non-compliance persists or is repeated, there has to be consequences," he said.