After an unsuccessful attempt to get the Public Works Ministry to pay for the electricity used to light the A-7,
Marbella town hall has announced a system that will reduce the potency of the lamp posts from 250 to 150 watts during the hours when there is the least traffic on the road. Public Works councillor Javier Garcia said drivers would hardly be able to notice the difference. Last year, the council paid an electricity bill of €4.2 million and given the current economic crisis, Garcia said it could no longer foot the bill.
Councillors from the opposition parties have criticised the plan because it means the council will drop its demand for the Public Works ministry to foot the bill for lighting highways that belong to the state, not the local councils.