In a move that will anger animal rights campaigners, bullfighting looks set to return to the Plaza de Toros in Marbella.

Marbella Town Hall has announced that it will allocate just over one million euros for the refurbishment of the bullring, with the aim of “making it safe, practicable and operational for its intended use”, according to the tender document.

Companies that want to attend to carry out the work have a deadline to submit their proposals by December 30.

The Town Hall’s project clearly hints that the bullfighting, banned by the previous Town Hall administration in 2015, will return.

Spanish Press reports that the tender document includes resurfacing the floor of the bullring with the traditional powdered stone, as well as the replacement and repair of the boards around the bullring.

The Plaza de Toros was the scene of several anti-bullfight demonstrations in its final season, when protesters invaded the ring.  On one memorable incident matador Morante de la Puebla aimed a kung fu kick at a shirtless demonstrator.