Police called in over suspicious earth movements at planned quarry
SUSPICIOUS earth movements at an estate whose owners want to open a quarry, have been reported to the police.
Opponents to the planned Los Jarales quarry inside the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park have denounced the movement, as well as the cutting down of various trees.
“He told us that the town hall can’t afford to get into a legal row as it is in debt”
The Casarabonela Platform Against the Quarry also claims that tracks have been widened inside the estate and various large boulders moved.
A spokesman claimed that this had happened despite the owners – believed to be an English company Cox Howes Salmond – not having permission to reopen the quarry.
A spokesman insisted that the works were ‘illegal’ and that the works licence is ‘paralised’, according to the town hall.
The local villagers are growing increasingly suspicious that mayor Sebastian Gomez is secretly negotiating with the company behind the quarry.
Their suspicions were further aroused when he refused to attend a round table debate about it in February.
The Olive Press reported last year how the mayor had announced his agreement to let a new company start mining last year.
This was despite promising that the disused site would never be reopened.
But the mayor claimed he was powerless to stop the moves. “He told us that the town hall can’t afford to get into a legal row as it is in debt,” said David Biram, who lives nearby.
“What is his motivation? Is it the big licence fee that will no doubt come to the town hall?”
The company had originally got a licence to reopen the quarry from the town hall 14 years ago. It first shut down in 1992.
Company Cox Howes Salmond, while having a main office in Fuengirola, has a phone number listed in Casarabonela. This week nobody was answering it.