Good news, the main streets of Nerja will be lit up for Christmas after all after the Council decided to provide a grant to the organisation Nerja Centro towards their share of the costs of the traditional illuminations.
The lighting of the main commercial streets was in doubt, or actually cancelled, after insufficient local businesses were prepared to contribute to the costs and the Council had made alternative arrangements to only place lights on certain prominent monuments and a few roundabouts.
The Council is still providing 50% of the financing of the lighting but has arranged a grant to Nerja Centro to help towards their share of the costs.
It could be argued that the Council should fund the festive lighting in its entirety. It could also be argued that it is short-sighted of local businesses not to participate, although the current economic crisis could have influenced their decision this year. It does, however, appear to be a struggle every year to get the town lit up and an alternative approach is obviously necessary.
Regardless, it’s a bit of good news for a change.