The new slimline bins, complete with ashtrays, now adorning the Balcón de Europa are probably more aesthetically pleasing than the ones they replaced and one cannot compliment the local authority enough for paying attention to even the smallest details in the quest to refine and improve the image of the town for visitors.
It is, of course, made easier when there are no larger, more pressing matters affecting first impressions or general ‘touristic image’.
Sometimes you just can’t win. Having finally started the repairs to the Puente Viejo, many people now seem to be complaining that the bridge is closed for (at least) one month and so close to the holiday season, asking the question, ‘why wasn’t this done in the winter?’. A good question, to which there are apparently two answers.
According to news reports, the local government says that the project, funded by the Málaga Provincial Council, has only just been authorised by the provincial authority. According to the Opposition, although the Málaga Provincial Council is funding the works, the project was actually approved in December 2016 and responsibility for carrying out the works, including when they would start, was the responsibility of the local authority.
As usual we don’t know which one is correct, something we are quite used to these days. What does seem to be true is that very little of significance has been carried out since the last elections a couple of years ago. This appears to be due to the precarious nature of the local government coalition and a preoccupation with staying in power. Much time has been wasted by all the parties on efforts to discredit each other and assign blame rather than doing anything constructive.
Add into the equation the threat of censure motions, something currently present in many municipalities where coalitions are in power, and you have the perfect recipe for doing very little of any importance. The threat of a censure motion has been hanging over the alliance in Nerja for the past few months, although it has got no further than being just a ‘threat’. It does, however, make politicians nervous.