29 Nov, 2008 @ 19:11
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Dirty diggers

FURIOUS villagers have slammed the ‘cloak and dagger’ methods used to pass a new marble quarry in the Axarquia.

They want to know why officials only informed their village just three days before the La Torca scheme was given the go ahead. An application was actually lodged with Periana town hall in July.

Now, residents in Periana, as well as in nearby Guaro and Zafarraya, face health problems from the dust and noise pollution.

“The way this project has been sprung upon us is an outrage,” said Briton Terry Flowers, who lives in Periana.

“It smacks of secrecy and skulduggery. The first any of us heard of it was on October 25 when we had just three days to present our objections.”

Flowers, 77, continued: “When the project was first mooted, why didn’t the local town hall publicise the fact, provide a map of the planned scheme and supply us all with written information?

“The fact we were only told of the quarry three days before it was passed is merely a token gesture to democracy,” he told the Olive Press.

Flowers, who has lived in the area since 1999, believes that the project will be a health hazard not only for those who live near the site, but those from miles around.

“We’ll be subjected to constant traffic of exceptionally heavy lorries, the vibrations of which will cause serious damage to their homes.

“But worse, constant inhalation of the dust from the quarry will present major health risks to those closest to the site.

“Given the powerful winds that blow from the sierras, this would be spread for miles in every direction,” he added.

The quarrying will see marble extracted over the next 30 years on land that is protected by regional laws, claim opponents.

Now green pressure group Ecologistas en Accion, has stepped in with six allegations and filed its official opposition with the Junta.

Firstly the group says the area is prohibited from development and classified as Hito Paisajistico, meaning that anything that could permanently alter the profile of the land is forbidden.

It also lies adjacent to a Cañada Real, a network of ancient cattle tracks which are protected.

“This project is extremely dubious,” said spokesman for the environmental group, Rafael Yus.

“The habitats of many protected species of fauna and flora will be destroyed as will underground water sources.

“The local tourist industry will also be affected by the unsightly quarry and the increased amount of traffic.” The Junta is now studying an environmental impact report on the scheme. A decision is expected early next year.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. Another not needed Quarry in another protected area.What is happening here?We in Casarbonela are fighting the intention to open two quarries in the Reserve of the Biosphere Sierra de las Neives.All i can advise the people in your article to do is get a good lawyer and imeadiatly start procedings, writing letters to organisations in the faint hope that someone cares only gives the Town Hall time to do the deed, once open you are doomed. Remember they have only one intention and that is to open the quarry, it brings instant income into the town hall! In the past they would get away with it as those who would dare to object are in a tiny minority.Thank god in this village we have sufficient strong people who are willing to stick their heads over the top of the trench.
    Also insist they have a Environmental Impact Assessmnet before any licence is granted.If you want to contact me go onto http://www.iberianatureforum. Environmental issues, Destruction of a paradise
    .There may be some ideas for you there.If you leave your email i can contact you

  2. Spain is such a stupid, backward, CORRUPT country. Here we go again, another scheme that arrived out of nowhere, no consultation with anyone, no announcements, no news, no nothing! All normal for Spain…

  3. Spain is now on a par with many 3rd world countries. I can’t wait to leave this mad country and am very sorry I moved here in 2005. The UK has its own problems, of course, but Spain is in a league of its own and these mad schemes appear almost every other week now. Corruption, illegal builds, crafty lawyers, corrupt Junta stories – the Olive Press has it all covered within this website. You’d be f’ing mad to move here!

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