THE Junta is demanding a €1 million refund from Velez Malaga Town Hall after it shelved a plan to build a conference centre.

It comes despite mayor Francisco Delgado Bonilla insisting he has no idea where the grant money has gone.

The PP mayor had scrapped the plan, calling it ‘economically unviable’, on getting into power in May last year.

Now the Junta is demanding the return of the money – plus interest of €70,000 – something Bonilla has described as ‘absolutely incredible’.

“They said they would not do this,” he said. “We don’t know where the money went or who it was given to.

“It was obviously used for something else, which just proves there was no control over money before we came to power.”

Bonilla has demanded an urgent explanation from the town hall’s previous socialist mayor as to where the money went.

However Mari Salome Arroyo insisted she has no idea where the money is  and  dismissed the current mayor’s comments as ‘hateful and spiteful’.

“This highlights Bonilla’s inability to move forward on a project that had already been financed.

“It would have put Velez Malaga on the conference tourism map,” she added.

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