12 Mar, 2023 @ 14:15
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Spain’s Estepona returns with another adult slide – this time in the council building

Slide in Estepona

BACK IN 2019, the municipality of Estepona on the Costa del Sol made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, when a metal slide installed by the city had to be closed down the day after it opened due to safety concerns. 

The bizarre plan from the council was to provide a way for locals to move from a higher street to a lower one in record time, but the ‘biggest urban slide in Spain’ lasted just 24 hours due to injuries such as bruises and burns suffered by those who were brave enough to try it. 

The incident has not, however, put the local council off the idea of these adult slides. On Friday, the municipality opened its new council building, the fourth and fifth floors of which are joined by, you guessed it, another metal slide. 

The two floors will be used by municipal workers, according to online daily El Diario, and it is they who will potentially be the users of this new installation. 

Videos and photos have been circulating of the new slide, which is made of metal like the last one but in this instance is closed rather than being semicircular. 

‘The city and its residents have more important needs than this one to cover with public money,’ complained Emma Molina, spokesperson from the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE), adding that the Popular Party mayor is ‘turning Estepona into some kind of joke’. 

One more thing that the two slides have in common is the timing of their inauguration: in 2019 the slide was launched just ahead of local elections; the next polls are due in May of this year.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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