EXCLUSIVE By James Bryce
A COUPLE forced out of their ‘dream’ home to make way for a new highway say the stress of the situation is slowly destroying them.
Graeme Mullis, 67, and his wife Jacquline, 56, were served with a Compulsory Purchase Order on their two-bedroom house in Salobrena in June as part of development plans for the A7.
They were given a month to move out and agreed a compensation package of 150,000 euros, which they were told would not be paid for at least two years.
But despite being reassured by a government official in Almunecar that the CPO contract could be used to secure a bank loan in the interim, the expats have been turned down by six Spanish banks.
Mullis, originally from South Wales, said: “To go from being a very happy couple living in what we felt was our dream home to living on a very low budget with so many extra costs, we feel is slowly destroying us.”
The couple is currently living in a small terraced house in Lanjaron – part owned by English teacher Jacquline – but they stress it is only a temporary solution and they may be forced to return to the UK.
“Everything I have worked so hard for all my life has been taken away overnight, we don’t know which way to turn.”