(Agencies) The Police union has requested that the facilities at the customs post on the frontier with Gibraltar be updated. This, according to a union spokesman, would speed up the queues, which show a 68% increase in the summer. The state in which these facilities have remained for years ‘present a Third World’ aspect to incoming visitors.>For his part, PSOE national deputy Salvador de la Encina, in a recent interview agreed with the union and said he would be requesting modernization of the customs post from the Treasury, Foreign Affairs and Interior Ministries in Madrid, as well as from the Agencia Tributaria (Tax) authorities. He announcedhe would be visiting Gibraltar for this purpose as well.
“It won’t be easy,” said De la Encina, “as this is in constant use by pedestrians as well as vehicles.” He pointed out, too, that what buildings and facilities are there now are in “desperate need” of maintenance; nevertheless, he added, “Customs should offer an image of cleanliness, safety and modernity. It is the first place a visitor to Spain sees – is this (the present one) the image we want for our country?”