12 Aug, 2010 @ 16:28
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Bulldozing a piece of history

By Wendy Williams

LISTED buildings have been reduced to rubble in the historical town of Mijas.

Alternativa Mijeña, a residents association, has publicly denounced the act, considering it to be an attack on the historical and artistic heritage of the town.

According to the group, it is nonsense that the council (PSOE) should have permitted the demolition of a protected property.

And, they argue, this destruction is bad for tourism.

They say: “It is consolidating a policy of environmental deterioration on a large scale, of the local vernacular architecture of the Old Town, one of the major assets in attracting tourism”.

The now demolished houses, situated in street Casas Nuevas, formed part of a Catalogue of Protected buildings approved by the PGOU in 2005.

And they were in a good state of conservation before they were knocked down.

According to Alternativa Mijeña, it is this which makes the destruction all the more serious.

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. Visiting Mijas pueblo last week it was a pale version of its former self. Half of it was shut down and it was very uncared for. So much development has been done in Mijas Costa and right up the hill to the pueblo that is ugly and ill conceived (as well as probanly illegal) so it is a shame to see older buildings demolished in this way. I suppose some ugly building will be erected in its footprint?

    So much for ‘protected buildings status’ – Spain really needs to get into the 21st Century on so many things, especially town planning.

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