NIJAR town hall has bypassed the Junta and joined forces with the owners of Cortijo del Fraile in a bid to restore the dilapidated farmhouse which inspired poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragic Blood Wedding.

The mayor Antonio Jesus Rodriguez criticised the Junta for ‘showing no interest’ in the Cortijo and met with the owners to seek a solution.

“The Junta has done nothing except make demands,” said the mayor; adding the owners were ‘tired of the Junta’s tricks’ which invariably turn into ‘threats’.

Now both parties are calling for the building to become public property so it can be repaired and restored.

And the owners insist although the property may be worth up to four million euros, they prefer to be rid of it so it can be properly maintained.

Cortijo del Fraile was declared a site of cultural interest (BIC) last year but has since been allowed to fall into even further disrepair.

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