The Town Hall has included in the municipal budgets an item intended to defray part of the fi nancing

The Mijas Town Hall takes another step to link La Cala de Mijas with Fuengirola through the Coastal Path. After a year of paperwork, the project begins to see the light. The councillor for Infrastructure and Works, José Carlos Martín (Cs) explained last Tuesday, March 16th, that “the municipal budgets for the year 2021 include an economic item to be able to put out to tender this year the stretch of coastal path from La Cala to Fuengirola valued at an amount of 4.3 million euros”, that is to say, that the Local Government has included in the local accounts part of the financing that it hopes to complement with other administrations.“Our municipality already had the favorable reports from the three administrations (Coasts, Roads and Environment) to start this project”, said Martín. The fact is that last year the Regional Government gave the green light to this project that is contemplated for this year and whose execution of works will be offered for tender before summer. “The coastal path is a main tourist attraction in our municipality, apart from being a key structure for the development of outdoor sports for our neighbours and therefore, finishing it is one of our main objectives”, said the councillor. In this way, the administration already has the final project that covers 5.3 kilometres divided into three sections of which the second will not yet be offered for public tender due to urban planning difficulties in obtaining the land as there have been irregular occupations in the area of maritime terrestrial public domain for nearly thirty years, through which the route passes. Therefore, the first phase of 703 metres will run between La Cala and the El Sheriff beach bar and the third of 2,293 metres from Fuengirola to the El Faro beach bar. This involves a layout of almost three kilometres with a 3 metre wide path and different technical solutions, such as printed concrete and wooden decking or bridges. “We are waiting to confirm an economic contribution from the Provincial Council in Malaga, at the same time as a response regarding the funds from the Next Generation programme”, said councillor Martín, who added that “with this first municipal economic item we can advance the process because what is clear, and especially after the pandemic, is that this type of outdoor structures are very necessary for the enjoyment of the neighbours and for the new formula of travel that is being implemented”.

The project

The project has an investment of 4,300,000 euros and an execution period of approximately six months. The start of the works will begin from the second semester of the year, after the summer, so as not to coincide with the high season. The project also includes a large area with artificial grass for the enjoyment of users with three bird and star observatories with a glass railing in the area that borders the sea. For the beautification of the area, the execution of a vertical garden embracing the stands has been planned, which will have an irrigation outlet from the supply network that runs to the El Charcón Beach bar and a control system integrated into the vertical garden itself. Mijas has already completed six kilometres of the Coastal Path in its municipal area, four of which are made of wood and two are made of concrete. Councillor Martín concluded by highlighting that “the care and dedication that both the local administration and the residents of the municipality place on the coastal path has allowed us to be the only municipality in the province of Malaga to have been awarded the ‘Blue Path’ quality award”. With the execution of this project, Mijas could become the first municipality in the entire province of Malaga with the route of the coastal path fully completed.


Source: Mijas Semanal