In his statement, Tur went so far as to state in court that the transfer plant contract should never have been awarded to Ángel Fenoll because his offer was clearly a “reckless withdrawal”.
Although the votes of the PP were those that promoted Tur to the Mayor’s Office after a motion of censure in 2008, after presenting the complaint he also decreed the dismissal of the councilors now accused for this cause and who had powers in his government, Javier Morató, Juan Roselló and Fernando Penella. “When I did, they told me they understood,” he said.
Tur explained that garbage collection in the municipality was assigned to Acciona, while Fenoll’s company, Colsur, received the waste at its plant, compacted it and transferred it to its landfill in Abanilla (Murcia). While Acciona charged the same regardless of the amount collected, Colsur charged the City Council for each tonne treated. Weighing tickets were attached to the invoice and passed to collection.
Rifirrafe with defenses
Although Tur clarified that he was not in the City Council in 1998, when the service was awarded, he explained that Fenoll’s offer had a very cheap price. “On paper, Fenoll was losing money,” he said, adding that over time he had wondered how they had not realized that the cost was disproportionate. “It did not make sense for the garbage to be transferred from the Calp plant to the Fenoll landfill in Abanilla (Murcia) and not to other closer points, such as Dénia or El Campello. This disproportionate cost of the service and the appearance of tickets unrelated to the Dénia plant led Tur to file the complaint after learning the irregularities “from the press information” of the Brugal case. At this point, the ex-regidor became entangled with defenses that reminded him that Fenoll’s offer was 21% more expensive than that of Urbaser, another of his competitors.
He also declared the first technician responsible for the contract, José Luis Faubel, between 1999 and 2001. It was this technician who made the favorable report for the award to Fenoll, assessing that it offered improvements compared to its rivals. The technician explained that during the first year, no irregularities were detected. From the second, a 15% increase in billing was detected. “When I asked for an explanation, they told me that the price had risen because the plant had begun to take over the seaweed that was collected on the beach,” he explained. The technician warned that this service was not contemplated in the contract because it was uncontrollable. “Moisture and sand can give the wrong weighing,” he explained. After these objections, the council extended the contract to algae, according to what he said, without being consulted at all, which is why in the end it ended up renouncing to continue controlling. Faubel also pointed out that the garbage weighings were carried out at the plant at night, there were no City Council personnel for this night service.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.