AN angry expat has slammed the lack of financial support given to his popular visitor centre which could be forced to close later this month.
Clive Muir – who runs the Grazalema Information Centre – has ploughed over 100,000 euros of his own money into the venture over the last two years.
But he insists he is being forced to close due to ‘empty promises’ over funding.
In a public email, Muir expressed his frustration that money available through a 72 million euro EU scheme is reserved for new projects while existing centres must fend for themselves.
“Why is there no access to a financial package that can help me continue our work?,” the email asks. “To continue the basic idea of sustainable tourism that protects our environment, provides a public service and creates jobs and promotes businesses?”
Muir told the Olive Press he was still hoping that a last minute solution would be reached to keep the centre running for the next two years.
“We have been in back to back meetings and will be all this week,” he said. “The mayoress has been an absolute star, but it is a slow process.”
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