The central government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Junta de Andalucía, that it will cover the demolition costs of the controversial El Algarrobico hotel, in the case that the judicial scene permits demolition to go ahead.
The Junta de Andalucía, meanwhile, will cover the cost of landscaping and returning the area to its natural state once the hotel has been removed.
Sec. of state for the environment, Teresa Ribera, has made it clear that the final demolition order on the hotel remains in the hands of the courts and the Junta de Andalucia, but said that her department wanted to have in place all agreements so as to be ready to move the minute a definitive judicial order was issued. The Junta de Andalucia, for its part, which appears to want the hotel to stay (although officially not) insists that the matter remains “in the hands of the courts”.
Greenpeace, for its part, points out that there have been a half dozen demolition orders issued by the courts in the last decade, each of which appealed with the (not always very obvious) help of the Junta, so just how much prodding is needed?
A much vaunted rally “by the people” in favour of the Algarrobico hotel over the weekend was reported to be mainly a wash, with only employees of local construction companies and the usual “rent a crowd” turning up.