Exclusive by Jon Clarke in Carboneras
THE order to begin one of the world’s largest demolition jobs could arrive today.
Andalucia’s High Court (TSJA) is set to rule if the 411 room Algarrobico Hotel should be finally torn down.
A staggering 11 years since it was given a license by Carboneras Town Hall, developer Azata del Sol might have to reverse a process that has seen 11 stories of concrete installed on a virgin beach INSIDE a natural park.
Both Greenpeace, Ecologistas en Accion and the Olive Press have long argued that the monolith should not have been built within the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
The developer got its license despite local and national groups campaigning that it was ‘unsustainable’ and illegal, built just 30 Metres from the unspoilt Playa Algarrobico, in Almeria.
Today judge Rafael Toledano will finally rule on the 1,633 files of evidence compiled since Almeria’s Court Number 2 ruled its license was illegal in 2008.
Both the Andalucian and Madrid governments have ordered a decision to be finally made.
If the judge rules against it, demolition teams are expected to take up to two years to return the land to its original state.
The cost is estimated at ‘tens of millions ‘ of euros.
Yesterday four cranes still towered over the construction while a group of builders were busy moving materials.
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