There are no prestigious ‘Blue Flags’ for Nerja for the third year running due, in the main, to the lack of a functioning sewage treatment system as required by European regulations.

Work on a sewage plant began in 2014 after more than four decades of delays of one sort or another and it was due to start operating this summer. However, with the change of local government, this has now had to be put back until the summer of 2017 at the earliest.

The beaches could certainly do with a general clean-up as well as the permanent removal of illegal ‘encampments’ on Calahonda, Carabeillo and Maro beaches which are currently presenting a poor image of the town to visitors. This is particularly true in relation to Calahonda beach, right next to the emblematic Balc√≥n de Europa.

Following the enforced closure of the restaurant Papagayo for seemingly dubious reasons and ulterior motives, the former restaurant and surrounding area has been taken over by vagrants. The Council has now ordered the owners of the land to demolish the old Papagayo building, so let’s hope it gets cleaned up pretty smartly. Wouldn’t hold my breath, though, on past experience.