15 Aug, 2009 @ 00:02
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Fight over Algarrobico goes on

GREENPEACE has appealed against the controversial decision to stop the compulsory purchase of the illegal El Algarrobico hotel in Almeria.

The group is furious that the environment department has overturned its ruling from 2007, which would have expropriated the hotel and turn the area back to its original format.

Greenpeace said the change was “a serious error” and sent a confused message over the protection of the coastline.

The hotel was built illegally inside the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, just yards from the beach.

Greenpeace says it is ‘incomprehensible’ that 11 court rulings supporting the hotel´s illegality should not be sufficient for the Ministry in this matter.

“It is ‘incomprehensible’ that 11 court rulings supporting the hotel´s illegality should not be sufficient for the Ministry in this matter.”

The Junta now has two choices, to pay the developer Azata del Sol 80 million in compensation and demolish the hotel, or allow the developer to finish the hotel and open it.

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. 11 Court rulings overturned! Spanish law in execution is a tragi-comedy,

    Does one suppose the 80 million in compensation for one developer is to come from tax payers’ money rather than the law-breakers purses?

    How about pay-backs first to the quarter of a million people also made illegal by corrupt and incompetent

    And where is the compensation for the Prior family whose beautiful house in Vera the local authorities illegally smashed down two years ago? Seems they’ve had the Supreme Court’s apology and vindication….Now where is their compensation?

    And who’s in jail for this infraction? No one, did you say?

    How much more desecration does Spain plan to inflict on eye and environment before realising it’s killing its own market?

  2. Spain should be kicked out of the EU, simple as that. What is the point of being in the EU but not adhering to any rule of international law? The Spanish government are a menace and this article is a perfect example of how not to run your ‘legal system’. Spain is retarded.

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  4. “Spain should be kicked out of the EU, simple as that.”

    Not so sure that would be a good idea. Spain might just throw all the ex-pats out, or impose immigration rules, such as a knowledge of the language, etc. Seems to me that a move like that could well backfire on the ex-pat community.

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