The City Council of Mijas has unanimously approved the municipalization of the project construction of the first residence for the elderly and dependents of the municipalitywhich means that the local entity will assume the construction of the space with a budget of 10 million euros, as reported this Friday mayor, Joseph Gonzalez.
The approval took place last Wednesday in the May plenary session, “a procedure that was necessary, mandatory and that it is also a firm step to not go back”, declared the councilman, who highlighted that the municipalization of the project “will allow materialize a historical demand of our elders, who have spent years demanding a center that responds to their needs”.
González has underlined that “this municipalization report collects the hard work of different municipal areas, Senior Citizens, Social Services and Town Planning, so that our elders have one of the best residences in Andalusia“.
Thus, the document approved unanimously in the plenary session includes, among others, the economic-financial feasibility studythe bidding file and contracting of services for the drafting of the basic project and its execution, the day-stay unit report or the services report Residential and municipal care for the elderly in a situation of dependency.
For her part, Tamara Vera, Councilor for the Elderly, pointed out that “in Mijas, the population over 65 years accounts for 15 percent of the total number of neighbors that we have”, so it is a group “increasingly growing and coming demanding services that are specifically focused to your needs”.
“With this residence we respond to this claimthus favoring their autonomy in a close environment, preventing our elderly from having to travel to other municipalities to receive these services and actively collaborating with their families and caregiversyes”, he highlighted.
The Councilor for Social Services, Hipólito Zapico, recalled that this property will be located in Las Lagunasnext to the Vega de Mijas institute, in a municipal plot of almost 7,000 square meters. “Right now, we are following the path of municipalization, which is a necessary procedure so that a City Council like ours can assume improper powers”, he stressed.
In this way, “we assume the construction of this building worth about 10 million euros, a high figure that indicates the commitment of this government team to our elders, and in exchange we do not lose control of the execution or development of activities to take place inside. It is the same system that we follow with nursery schools,” he added.
For his part, the Councilor for Urban Planning, Andrés Ruiz, wanted to highlight “the joint work of all departments that we have pushed this project for many years. This residence for the elderly and dependents has cost a lot, many hours of work, and at the hands of the elders who have fought for this historic claim. The step we take now will definitely allow us to provide the service in the future.”