The Ministry of Development has cut the lights on the A-7 highway that passes by Estepona. Marbella, Fuengirola and Mijas will be next.
The four Costa del Sol municipalities have decided to stop paying for electricity bills of the A-7 streetlights, claiming it is not their obligation given that it is a national road.
A total of 11 million euros has been paid for electricity bills over the past 15 years. The Estepona government plans to reclaim the three million euros it has paid for electricity bills of the highway over the past years.
The Ministry on its part considers this to be a local problem “We are not going to change the policy of street lights because the law doesn’t oblige us to. If the local governments don’t have money to pay the electricity bills of the highways that pass through their municipalities it is their problem and not ours.”
The most affected by the situation, are of course the neighbours and users of this part of the highway that now have to drive in the dark.