Investigation reveals 12,697 illegal homes in the Almanzora Valley

LAST UPDATED: 1 May, 2011 @ 22:46
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Investigation reveals 12,697 illegal homes in the Almanzora Valley

A HOUSING inspection in the Almanzora Valley has unveiled there are a staggering 12,697 illegal properties in the area, the majority owned by expats.

Of these 920 have been built on specially protected land or are less than four years old and now face demolition.

But the Junta insists a decree is being established that will likely see the remaining 11,777 houses legalised.

The news was announced by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Josefina Cruz, at a meeting with the Mayors of ten municipalities.

It comes just a week after it was announced 11,000 houses in the Axarquia are also to be legalised.

But many residents are sceptical of the new announcement.

“The government has had seven years to deal with this issue and now suddenly two months before an election there is a new decree? The timing is a bit fishy in our view,” said Maura Hillen, president of homeowners association Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora NO (AUAN).

She added: “12,697 illegal buildings in the Almanzora Valley and nobody noticed?” “Where was the Junta when the houses were being built? “

“And how many people will be made homeless and/or lose their life savings if 920 houses are demolished to ‘restore order’?

“Who’s going to compensate those who bought in good faith?” she continued.

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  1. “Where was the Junta when the houses were being built?”

    They were taking millions in EU grants and paying them in to a slush fund for ficticious employees, of course. The Junta are more corrupt than the town halls, indeed the town halls knew this and it just made them more brazen. Spain suffers from institutional corruption. Compensation must now be awarded.

  2. A HOUSING inspection in the Almanzora Valley has unveiled there are a staggering 12,697 illegal properties in the area, the majority owned by expats.
    Who provided the housing inspection data?
    It may now be time to check the credibility of this data.
    Was the head of the inspection team subject to criminal proceeding for his part in illegal building and development of homes while collecting data for the above 12,697?
    Comments please

  3. Quote “She added: “12,697 illegal buildings in the Almanzora Valley and nobody noticed?” “Where was the Junta when the houses were being built? “

    I can tell you, Maura, the Junta was too busy finding ways to criminally stick its fingers into the 627,000,000 euro EU funds for their own personal use, by falsifying employment and company records.
    Why arn’t the police, national and international, involved right now?? No doubt incriminating records are being destroyed before they can even begin.
    This money belonged to ALL of us, throughout the EU, ex-pats included.

  4. Julius,
    you don’t get it – all the big political parties in Spain are totally corrupt and if the Greens ever got control, don’t you think it would be the same?

    The PP in Valencia is telling the EC to get stuffed they are going to do what the hell they want – they take this approach because they know the EC will do sod all.

    Spain to big to fall – they are laughing at the rest of us Europeans because they know that Bruxelles will never let the bankers and bond holders go bust.

    The EC could demand back all the subsidies and non compliance meant a joint military invasion – now that would make the Spanish brown their trousers – after some initial bluster and a few allied fly-overs – boy would you see some results then y muy rapido.

    You only have to look at their history to see that they are totally incapable of creating a sustainable culture. They looted so much gold and silver from Central and South America but by the end of Philip 11 reign they were bankrupt. It is only the huge subsidies from northern Europe and the tourists money that have lifted the Spanish out of deep poverty. The Dutch/German/Luxemburgers and most Brits do not want to bail out Spain, it is only the political parasite class in Bruxelles who want this otherwise the Euro is dead and buried and German control of the EC for their own pourposes is at an end.

    Interest rates should be around 5% but this does’nt suit German industry – all this is known to the Spanish, that’s why voting does’nt matter – come to that it does’nt matter anywhere in Europe.

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