The Minister of Environment of the Junta de Andalucia, José Juan Díaz Trillo, yesterday reiterated that the proposed treatment plant in Nerja would cost €40.7 million and serve a population of 100,000, facts already known by one and all, but made no mention of when proceedings might actually start.
The proposed sewage treatment plant for Nerja, talked about (and little else done about it) for over forty years is an emotive subject. The fact that a tourist town of this size is without a treatment plant defies belief, especially when you consider that the population triples during the summer months.
As was to be expected, the Opposition PSOE leader in Nerja, Ángel Ramírez, has criticised the Mayor’s decision to ask the Ministry of Environment to allocate savings made on the sewage plant project for the purpose of paying compensation to local landowners as a result of a court ruling.
The Mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, is intending to ask the Central Government to pay the one million euro compensation to a local landowner in relation to the expropriation of land for the proposed sewage works.
The Ministry of Environment has ‘favourably received’ the new environmental impact study relating to the proposed waste treatment plant in Nerja, the next step being to actually put the contract for the sewage plant out to tender.
According to a statement by the Mayor of Nerja, the Junta de Andalucia has now completed its administrative proceedings relating to the proposed sewage plant in Nerja and the file has been passed to the Ministry of Environment for the preparation of an environmental impact report.
At the plenary session of the Nerja Council on Friday, the Mayor commented that despite two recent confirmations by the Minister of Environment, José Juan Díaz Trillo, that the contract for the sewage plant would be put out to tender before the end of the tenth month, nothing has actually happened.
Following the announcement by the Minister of Environment of the Junta de Andalucia, José Juan Díaz Trillo, that the contract for the sewage plant will be put out to tender ‘before the end of October’, the Nerja Councillor for Infrastructure, José Alberto Tomé, has called for the Junta to stop making promises they know they cannot fulfill.
According to the latest announcement by the Minister of Environment of the Junta de Andalucia, José Juan Díaz Trillo, the contract for the sewage plant will be put out to tender ‘before the end of October’.
For the second time in four decades, the plans for the proposed sewage plant in Nerja have been posted in the Official Provincial Gazette. It is at this stage that objections can be made, as they were on the last occasion nearly two years ago.