Disabled expat in Alhaurin to keep home following Olive Press campaign to stop demolition

Disabled expat John Gray and wife Deborah were amazed that within a week of our front page story last issue, their home in Alhaurin el Grande was given a full stay of execution

LAST UPDATED: 11 May, 2016 @ 12:51
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John and Deborah Gray outside their Alhaurin el Grande home
John and Deborah Gray outside their Alhaurin el Grande home

AN EXPAT couple have praised the Olive Press after we helped save their home from demolition.

Disabled expat John Gray and wife Deborah were amazed that within a week of our front page story last issue, their home in Alhaurin el Grande was given a full stay of execution.

We revealed that they had just weeks to accept a third of the price they had paid for the three-bedroom home in order for the council to build a one-way system.

However, the day after we went to print the town hall offered double the amount and a week later the entire project was scrapped.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work. As soon as the Olive Press began asking questions the town hall offered us new deals,” said Gray.

“Indeed, the very day the paper came out we were offered €20,000 more and a week later we were told plans had been changed and the one-way system will no longer go through our house, hurrah!”





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  1. Dead lucky. I have known complete streets in the Uk being demolished under a compulsory purchase order by the council and high rise blocks of council flats being built. So Spain did a U turn, sounds good to me, don’t think that would have happened in the UK. Well done OP.

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