7 Dec, 2009 @ 15:23
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Enough is enough!

AN immediate halt has been demanded for all construction in breach of the 1988 Coastal Law.

The Andalucia ombudsman Jose Chamizo claims there are already more than 1000 illegal developments on the Andalucian coastline.

And he warned that the coastline is so “exceptionally fragile”, that all building taking place within 500 metres of the shore should be immediately frozen.

“At the moment, few town halls are rigorously adhering to the laws currently in place.”

Chamizo claims that there is a “lack of respect” for the coastal law, which he insists lacks teeth.

He has called for a reform of Spanish law to punish those who violate the Coastal Law more severely.

“The situation is so serious that the coastline has now lost much of its original beauty,” said Chamizo.

“And at the moment, few town halls are rigorously adhering to the laws currently in place.”

He urged all builders to lay down their shovels while the authorities agree on a sustainable coastal development plan to better protect 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. Your article of the 5th. February said it all, so this latest news is very encouraging.Can we now anticipate a firm approach to the Mijas Town Hall regarding to property being erected at Torrenueva Playa,Mijas Costa.This construction is around 20 metres from the sea !with a building licence granted !.
    Let us hope that the Ombudsman can assert enough authority to make things happen.

  2. If you,re talking about the coast being spoilt, take a look at the Costa Tropical and all the plasticos. i,d love some new developments here, it just might keep some of those beautiful Spanish girls here in employment instead of leaving to live in the cities.

  3. Except, of course, the charming 22 storey Hotel Algarrobico in Carboneras, which, as the Junta’s Ministerette of the Environment Cinta Castelo has pointed out in El País ‘does no harm to the local flora and fauna’.

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