The fate of La Almedina car park in Torrox took a new twist late last month when the Town Hall ordered the concession holders to keep the facility open until its future is resolved. 

In October, the joint venture group which operates the car park advised the town council of its “final and irrevocable” intention to close on December 31.  Torrox mayor, Óscar Medina, criticised their plan “unilaterally” to abandon the facility. 

The car park which has space for 385 vehicles opened in 2009 with an investment of nearly €8 million, but the operator says they have accumulated losses of €33 million in the intervening decade.  They claim that it has not met the expectations of the economic-financial and feasibility plan, and have even tried to sell it to the Town Hall for €5 million.  So far, the Partido Popular council has rejected the offer.

The present concession holders were given ten days in which to submit their allegations, and technical reports have been promised to assess the situation.  The Town Hall says opinion of an independent consultant will also be sought “in case of opposition by the contractor to the resolution.”  

Meanwhile, Vélez-Málaga Town Hall is considering extending its blue zone parking scheme when they put out it to tender again in April.  The town’s commercial sector has been pressing for additional short-term parking spaces to force vehicle rotation and encourage more people into the main shopping zone.