EXCLUSIVE by Amie Keeley
IT is a long-running dispute that has caused continual harrassment, assault and even death threats.
But now all-out war has erupted between a German-run restaurant and its British neighbours in the hills above Marbella.
On one side, the new tenants of the restaurant that has been shut down before, and on the other, the neighbours who cannot sleep.
Local residents insist they have become the victims of late-night partying and illegal live music as a result of the re-opening of Nueva Kaskada restaurant, which sits off the road to Ojen.
They claim that the 323-seat restaurant should not have been allowed to re-open after it was closed due to complaints over noise in 2009.
One couple has allegedly been forced to move due to sleep deprivation, despite spending 200,000 euros on soundproofing their villa.
“It is a total nightmare,” said Carol Hewitt, 52, who lives just ten metres from the restaurant.
She has been forced to call police on many occasions due to noise or customers blocking her drive.
“But any neighbour who requests a car be moved is met with belligerence from clients and staff,” she said.
“In the past this has led to physical assaults and even death threats,” she added.
She said up to 60 cars were recently blocking the private road leading to the restaurant.
And on Valentine’s Day, she claims police actually fined the restaurant for playing live music without a licence and shut the event down.
The new restaurant tenants Michael Mittag and Monica Viglioglia insist they are fully aware of the problems and are trying to rectify it.
“We have started a shuttle bus to bring clients to the restaurant so customers can leave their cars at home,” said Viglioglia.
But the neighbours have now hired lawyers to investigate why the restaurant was issued a new license despite countless letters of complaint.
The town hall insisted it ‘met all the requirements’ for its licence.