ESTEPONA | The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, has held a meeting with the owners of the Laguna Village shopping centre, which burned down last Saturday.
The Mayor has pledged "to facilitate and expedite the administrative procedures necessary for the reconstruction of this iconic commercial and leisure area, where almost thirty commercial and service businesses are located."
The Mayor has explained that the land on which the shopping centre is located is municipal property by virtue of the administrative concession granted 20 years ago and
"The priority is to rebuild this valuable commercial and tourist resource and that the 200 workers recover their jobs as soon as possible," he said.
Specifically, the Mayor has detailed that the measures will be aimed, on the one hand, to speed up the administrative procedures of the reconstruction process. The Mayor has indicated that the concessionary company has expressed "its total willingness to start reconstruction as soon as possible"; so that the shopping centre could be open again around Easter next year.
The Council will also apply exceptional measureslaid out in the existing regulations, through the ICIO subsidy and other municipal taxes during the reconstruction period; as well as the exemption from payment of the concession fee for the period during which the shopping centre is in the reconstruction phase. Likewise, an extension of the concession period will be applied for the same period that the said facilities are unused.
In relation to this matter, García Urbano has announced that the Estepona Council "is going to appear as a private prosecution in the judicial proceedings that will resolve the responsibilities that may arise from the fire last Saturday, after hearing yesterday the arrest of two people for their alleged involvement in the fire."