Another much-delayed Nerja project may be about to be given a boost. The regional government is to carry out a study of the plot earmarked for the town’s new health centre with particular reference to its liability to flood.

The undertaking came last month from the Junta’s Director General of Planning and Water Resources, Fernando Delgado, during a meeting with Nerja’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, and the town’s Chief Infrastructure Engineer Antonio Dorado. Under discussion was the flooding experienced a few years ago at the plot which has been ceded to the town by the Junta de Andalucía for the building of a new health centre.

This concern has blocked progress on the project, but Sr Delagado assured the meeting that a study would begin as soon as possible in order to clarify, definitively and accurately, the potential the plot has for becoming flooded. Mayor Armijo is reported to have expressed his satisfaction at the move to “clear this mystery,” and to ensure that the project can go ahead and be open to the tendering process as quickly as possible.

In February 2017, the regional government’s delegate in Málaga, José Luis Ruiz Espejo, visited Nerja to announce that the town’s new health centre would be built area is at the eastern end of the town on open land close to Supersol supermarket and opposite the Nerja Club Hotel. He indicated then that the project would be reactivated, “as soon as possible,” and was the, “culmination of the negotiations and working meetings in recent months.”

However, little progress has been evident since then, and the latest move is being seen as a sign of new political collaboration between Nerja’s Town Council and the regional authority. In recent months, the administration of both entities has been snatched from the socialists in elections, and both are now controlled by the Partido Popular.