First built in 1907, the Plaza de Toros in Orihuela has been closed since 1986. It did not meet the rules at that time and was no longer deemed to be a viable proposition. Since then it has fallen into a state of disrepair.
The council took over the site in the mid nineties. In 2009 the ruling PP party at that time wanted to demolish the building but there was opposition from the Socialists and the Greens.
In 2010, there was a draft proposal to turn the bullring into a multi-purpose venue to be financed as a private initiative. However, no company was interested in the idea. The Greens and Liberals then put forward a proposal to build a multipurpose venue with a hotel and shopping centre but that was far too ambitious.
Ironically, it is now the Socialists and Greens turn to propose that it should be demolished at a cost of 4,720,000 euros. The work is scheduled to be done this summer.
Quite what will happen with the site once the building has gone is not known. Certainly it is land in a prime position which means it will be more valuable to the city than a ruined bullring.