Torrevieja courts have accelerated the investigation filed against the Partido Popular government team over the inflated costs accrued during the construction of the municipal theatre.
A complaint was first raised by the Los Verdes green party after the government, under the former mayor and now convicted criminal Pedro Ángel Hernández Mateo, first demolished a listed building, the “Nuevo Cinema”, which was both contrary to the general plan and Valencia laws, and the subsequent inflated cost of 3.2 million euro, according to the information from the Los Verdes.
The matter is further complicated by the fact that the municipal theatre, which was opened in 2006 and has played host to many a public event, still lacks the required licences to enable it to have opened and be used for the purpose of its design, on account of “serious construction defects and irregularities in its facilities”, which were detected by the Ministry of Interior and other government agencies, after collating and checking the documentation submitted by the council, without having made the mandatory inspection tours, as that would inevitably lead to the closure and decommissioning of the theatre and its complementary facilities.
After the initial destruction of the “Nuevo Cinema”, and the “enormous chaos”, of the construction, after outstanding for nearly five years, the Governing Board of the PP approved the payment of an outstanding invoice of 4.5 million euro to address the payment of part of the executed works, which was for the initial 1.3 million euro quoted cost, plus the additional 3.2 million not accounted for.
Having requested further documentation in relation to the case in November of last year, the courts have now decided to accelerate the investigation which the Los Verdes feel is indicative of the dark “age of plunder and waste” where in the city of Torrevieja has seen public money wasted in abundance, which allowed the unjustified payment of no less than 3.2 million euro, and they trust that the investigation will determine the responsibilities arising thereof, pointing and identifying of those responsible for such “nonsense” that has cost the taxpayers so much pain and suffering and it is now those taxpayers who now suffer the crisis and its consequences.
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