EXCLUSIVE by Frances Leate
A MEETING has been organised by the Olive Press that will see the Mayor of Mijas, Angel Nozal, and campaign members finally meet to discuss a law that has prevented victims of the Malaga fires rebuilding their homes.
The meeting will take place at Mijas Town Hall at 11am on December 18.
Pat Laing, chairman of the campaign, said: “This is a very important and significant step forward and we are looking forward to meeting the mayor and talking through with him what needs to be done to get people back in their homes.”
The Phoenix Campaign was launched earlier this month by the Olive Press and victims of the fires to put pressure on Mijas Town Hall.
Hundreds of fire victims have been waiting for the go-ahead to make their homes liveable again after being forced to wait three months to start crucial repair work.
But for countless homes that were built without planning permission many years ago, homeowners must first get permission from their town halls, who then in turn need to seek final clearance through the Junta.
Many have been left homeless since the fires ripped throughMalaga, destroying their properties in September and are facing an agonising wait which could be months or even years.
They say they are prepared to fight every step of the way and may even take to the streets in protest.