By Frances Leate
SIX months on from the devastating fires that ripped through Malaga destroying hundreds of homes, scores of people are still desperately seeking the permission they need to start repairing and rebuilding.
The Junta banned homeowners from starting even essential repair work on their fire damaged properties until full planning permission had been granted.
However, as this process could take years and many people have been left homeless, victims were seeking permission to rebuild before the paperwork was processed because of their exceptional circumstances.
The Junta was legally required to respond to their requests within six months.
But so far homeless victims have had no response-and in the meantime they say what is left of their homes are being further damaged by the bad weather.
The victims launched pressure group, The Phoenix Campaign, with the support of the Olive Press in November to try and get things moving.
The British Ambassador has also written to the Junta de Andalucía to enquire about the situation but there has been no response.
The Defensora del Pueblo from Madrid also visited a number of damaged homes earlier this year but as yet their has been no action taken.
Sharron Cromwell, fire victim, said: “We were promised a response within six months at the latest and still we hear nothing.
“In the meantime we are expected to carry on living with friends or renting somewhere many of us can not afford.”
She added: “It is outrageous the way we are being ignored by the Spanish government.”
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