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Plans have been approved for major improvement work to be carried out in the Municipal Theatre in Torrevieja, although the town hall are denying that the work has anything to do with the fact that the building has been operating illegally and without required building permits and authorisations since it opened eight years ago.

The construction of the theatre was budgeted as 6.4 million euro, although the final cost was actually 9.6 million, according to the information provided by the Los Verdes green party, and now included plans to change some of the characteristics which would fall more in line with the legal requirements for the building.

In August of the year we reported how the Ministry of the Interior and Justice may close down both Torrevieja´s municipal theatre, and the musical auditorium, “if it meets its obligation” on account of the buildings “lacking the mandatory licenses for opening and activities”. At that time, the Los Verdes stated that “eight years after its inauguration and opening to the public, it remains in a state of absolute illegality, in case of disaster, it will greatly exacerbate the negative consequences that follow”.

Concerns were raised after minimum safety requirements were apparently not met, including the evacuation and emergency elements. In early 2013, we also reported how a license application “was made towards the end of last year, but was refused in the middle of January, as the building failed to meet certain elements of safety and function that would allow performances to take place”.

There were issues with the capacity, fire extinguishers, fire exits and the registered capacity, amongst other elements, for which the Ministry of Interior reported unfavourable records considering that the building did not meet legislation for public entertainment.

The councillor for culture, Luis María Pizana of the PP, said this week that the project to start work, including adapting a storage area on the upper floor for use as a rehearsal room, as per the original plans, “has nothing to do with what it could be processed at the time of licensing”.

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