The old quarter of Orihuela has some dilapidated properties which make it less attractive than it ought to be. Now the council has singled out 62 properties that they say are in need of urgent repairs.
The hope is that by making the area more attractive, people will be persuaded to return and live there rather than move out to the outskirts.
The biggest problem that the council face though is making contact with the owners. Some are deceased and it is proving difficult to trace their heirs.