THE mayor of one Granada town is facing an investigation into claims he pocketed more than 170,000 euros after rural land belonging to his family was reclassified as urban.

According to newspaper La Opinión de Granada, José Guerrero Romero bought the green belt land with two brothers for 9,000 euros in 1989 – six years before he became mayor of Alhendín.

In October 2003, the family sold the 1,000-square-metre plot, which had been reclassified as land for development, to a company specialising in the construction of petrol stations for 180,000 euros – a 2,000 per cent mark up on the original purchase price.

Neighbours of the plot in the Pago de las Eras Altas area of the town also claim construction work on the petrol station has part destroyed the camino de Dúrcal, a public right of way.