Protests over Nerja fire station delay


FOLLOWING A spate of fires across the Costa del Sol, the opening of Nerja’s fire station has been pushed back again, prompting outrage from firefighters.

The station, which is almost fully completed, will now be opened after the summer.

The building has been promised since 2009, and was most recently delayed by a disagreement between Nerja’s Council and the Junta de Andalucia.

Fire workers have now shown their anger at the latest postponement by hanging banners on the site.

In March, following protests over the delay the town’s Councillor for Civil Protection and Firemen, Oscar Jimenez, provided an update on the building’s progress.

Mr Jimenez explained it was caused by a €90,000 bill for modifications to the building’s original design. He added a conflict had broken out between Nerja’s City Council and the Junta, who are sharing the costs, over who should pick up the additional bill.

The councillor insisted Nerja’s own government had done everything it can, explaining, “We are waiting for the government in Malaga to open the new Park,” and that “the council has done its duties and our priority is for the new station to be inaugurated and to be able to give provide a good service for Nerja”.

The latest delay comes following a series of recent fires on the Costa del Sol, with two firefighters injured after a warehouse fire in an industrial estate in Malaga last month.

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