Torremolinos to scrap controversial monument

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THE controversial Monument to Tourism in Torremolinos, described by many as an eyesore, will soon be a thing of the past, the new council has announced.
The 20-metre tall column depicting Egyptian sphinxes, dolphins and female figures has been drawing complaints ever since it was revealed to the public by former mayor, Pedro Fernandez Montes.
Donated by Cordoba businessman Rafael Gomez Sanchez, otherwise known as Sandokan and currently facing charges for corruption and tax fraud, the column was erected and a nearby street named in his honour although locals argued that the monument and the donator had no links to Torremolinos whatsoever.
Now a competition has been announced to gather ideas for a new design for the roundabout, which is required to capture and represent the spirit of the town, the Culture councillor explained.
The council team is also considering removing a plaque and street name in honour of former Franco-era minister Manuel Fraga from an avenue leading into the town.

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