The Ministry of the Interior will build the new Civil Guard barracks in Cartagena in the same plot where the current one is, that is to say, in Ángel Bruna street. This was communicated by the department directed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska to the mayor, Ana Belén Castejón.
As sources familiar with the file confirmed to LA TRUTH, in a letter dated May 27 and received this Friday at the City Hall, the minister’s cabinet informs the councilor that the project is included in the State Security Infrastructure Plan 2019-2025. And he anticipates that “it is planned to be built in its current location, 2 of the 12 buildings were previously demolished that currently make up said barracks. ‘ At the moment, there is no date for the start of construction, although state sources indicated that a 6 million euro item is reserved for this project.
The central government, which thus responds to two letters previously sent by the mayor, states that this is “the approach that is being considered at the moment, and that it may be the most agile and realistic with the availabilities and forecasts of the aforementioned Infrastructure Plan ». In any case, it leaves “open the possibility” for the Ministry to take up the formula of the cession of land by the City Council to build the Benemérita complex in another place.
The letter indicates that the minister personally addressed the matter and underlines the “importance that its presence in Cartagena represents for the Civil Guard.” In his last letter, Castejón requested a meeting on May 14 “with the aim of responding to the need to build a new barracks”, since “the current facilities have become small and obsolete.” The first mayor also reiterated that the plot planned at first on Jorge Juan street is not entirely municipal property, but that the City Council was still willing to “look for new alternatives that are viable and quickly managed, so that construction can be carried out. start as soon as possible ».
The sources consulted indicated that the civil guards associations insisted before the Ministry on the request to maintain the barracks at the current headquarters, given its good location in the urban area. About two hundred families live in the complex. The project for the new barracks was proposed in 2019 and it so happens that it was Minister Grande-Marlaska who, in March of that year, participated in the presentation of Castejón’s candidacy for mayor of Cartagena by the PSOE.