The first of this month’s Looking Back choices deals with the long-promised marina in Salobreña, which was supposed to be built next to La Caleta.
Back in August 2009 everybody was getting excited because the Junta approved the development plan, which the Town Hall was waiting on. The problem was and is that the factory there – the last operating sugar factory in the whole of Europe, has a preservation order (Bien de Interés Cultural) on it.
The Town Hall, even with the preliminary Junta approval for the project still needed the provincial bigwigs to give a thumbs up. We’re still waiting because…
Just five years down the line from this 2009 article, in September 2014 the PP opposition party angrily opposed the Junta’s recent conservation law that severely restricted further development along the coast of Andalucía; a law that was hailed by not only by ecologists but by man, and vilified by anybody that wanted to put down bricks.
And, of course, the marina project, was slap in the middle. The Junta promised to give special consideration to Salobreña’s marina project… but have you seen a marina out there?
Now, in 2019, the PP are in the driving seat of the Junta and have already made noises that they are going to dynamite the conservation law, but, of course, Salobreña is governed by the socialist, whom the PP will not be eager to help – if the marina comes through whilst the socialists govern the Salobreña Town Hall, then they, not the PP, will get the credit.
The idea of the town having its own marina goes back to a project included in the last-approved municipal development plan (PGOU) dated 1989 – a full 30 years ago!
Anyway, hope you all enjoy this look back into the past on this cooler Tuesday morning!
(News/Looking Back: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)