17 Dec, 2011 @ 10:03
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Path of no return in Spain

A BRITISH family is being forced to run an obstacle course to get to their front door after being caught in the middle of a bitter Spanish feud.

The Elliots have to park their car over 150 metres from their home after their Spanish neighbour blocked their track.

Mother-of-three Julie Elliott, 46, told the Olive Press she was desperate to find a solution after her neighbour blocked the only access to their home in Entrerrios, near Mijas.

“It is especially worrying after the recent fires which came very close to our house,” she explained.

“In fact, we would all be dead before the emergency services could reach us.

“The path is completely blocked and we have been forced to abandon our cars and walk the last 150 metres.

“I need a wheelbarrow to do my shopping and when there is a lot of rain it is very difficult, especially with three children aged five, nine and 11.”

She said the problem had started when the road was blocked by one set of feuding neighbours.

“The worst thing is the neighbours don’t gain anything by closing the road; it is just vindictive.”

When the Olive Press contacted Juan Gonzalez Lopez, the owner of the land, he denied it had anything to do with a feud.

“That is ridiculous; there is no dispute, I just decided to block off the road on my land and the judge said I was within my rights to do so.

“I believe a long time ago there was an agreement between other families that they could use our land to get to their house but they have no rights.

“They need to find their own solution.”

Meanwhile a spokesman for Mijas town hall said it was looking into the situation but it was difficult.

“If the land is private, it’s private and there is little we can do.”

Eloise Horsfield

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  1. Spaniard blocks Brits and the Ayuntamientos response is “If the land is private, it’s private and there is little we can do.”
    Brit blocks Spainards, naughty Margaret Moran, and the fact it’s private land is inconsequential as people must have access to their homes.
    How do you translate double standard?

  2. Nice Christmas spirit from Juan Lopez, I expect he’s off to Church this coming Sunday? Ponder your generosity whilst there, my friend.
    It’s all about money, he wants paying for access. I suggest the Elliots hire a digger and open the track up again. Or buy your own mini digger to make sure.

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