Work on building a new health centre in Nerja will begin before the end of next year, according to the Málaga regional health delegate of the Junta de Andalucía. Carlos Bautista was commenting last month on the progress of a project which has been continuing for almost two decades with the aim of replacing Nerja’s existing health centre which dates from the 1970s.

In 2003, Nerja’s town council agreed with the then-delegate, José Luis Marcos, to share equally the cost of a new centre, then estimated at €2.4 million. However, five years later, the deal with the Junta de Andalucía was cancelled because sanitary infrastructure is a regional, not local responsibility. By this time, at least for different sites for a new health centre had been considered, and in 2009, the town prepared a site on the banks of the Chillar river, which is presently used as a public car park.

This area was not accepted by the Junta at that time because of concerns about flooding. However, it is understood that, since last June, it has been accepted as being the site for the construction project.

Speaking in Torrox last month, Carlos Bautista confirmed that work is underway for the land to be ceded from the municipality to the regional government with the functional plan to be completed by the end of this year, and work expected to be underway by December 2021. He added that €1.2 million is in the budget for the drafting of health-related projects