A MAYOR is being sued for trying to protect his town’s water supply from developers.
Coin mayor Gabriel Clavijo is being taken to court for canceling a huge golf macroproject that could have damaged his town’s main aquifer.
The mayor – who is being investigated for prevarication – after annulling a licence to the developers, insists he has worked hard to compensate the group.
The 100 million euro scheme would have included two golf courses, 600 houses and virgin land.
Presented at the World Travel Market, in London, in 2003, developers Frai Desarrollos SL claimed that the Los Llanos Golf Resort would be an “idyllic golf destination” and have a “minimal impact” on the environment.
Backed by the Caja Granada bank, they claim they were given a licence in 2002 and have had the project signed off by the Environment Department.
But Mayor Clavijo disagreed and he was due to testify explaining his actions on Tuesday.
Clavijo told the Olive Press that there was a risk of contaminating the town’s main aquifer if the scheme went ahead.
He insisted that it was a risk not worth taking, and claimed he had worked hard to try and find a suitable solution for the developers.
“We have offered them other areas of land to developer, but their answer has always been negative.”
His legal team is now studying how to defend their actions.
There are already 50 golf course in Malaga province alone, with nearly 100 in Andalucia.