|The one remaining building|
The current holdup is caused by a dispute between the land owners and Iberdrola - the electricity company. At issue is who's responsibility it is to transfer the electric transformer which is located on the the remaining undemolished block, which serves the buildings in the surrounding area. Until an agreement is reached works cannot and will not continue.
According to Juan Angel Ferrer of the Town Planning department, the transfer of the transformer will cost in the region of 130,000 euros. However, in the absence of an agreement between the two parties, the Mayor has called upon the "Ministry of Industry" to rule whose responsibility it is and force them to start, by court order if necessary.
|Works began last summer at the busy junction|
Benidorm City Council are certainly in no position to help, or pass judgement considering that they are 57.7 million euros in debt! To add further to the crisis, it was revealed last Friday that the City Council has continued to pay companies for services billed but not performed and was aware of this situation for over a year! PP spokesman Antonio Perez said that it is "very serious and very worrying because we are talking about public money and therefore we could be facing a case of alleged misappropriation of public funds". Gosh are they all that bright at the Town Hall to come to that conclusion - just wish I could find someone that would pay me for doing nothing!
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