A FINNISH grandmother ordered to demolish a nine-year-old extension has accused Estepona Town Hall of being ‘racially motivated’ and ‘singling’ her out.
Terttu Balson, 70, has been involved in an ongoing six-year legal battle with the town hall after they served her with a demolition order and fined her €24,300 in 2008 for building a loft extension without the correct planning permission.
Several other properties in the Seghers community have similar extensions without planning licences – including Balson’s next door Spanish neighbour – but Balson is the only resident facing court action.
“It is completely discriminatory, I cannot help but think that it is not a coincidence that I have been chosen when I am the only foreigner living here,” she told the Olive Press.
Balson believed she had received planning permission when she contracted a Spanish architect Mario Jones in 2005.
Now however, she feels that he did not do his job properly despite being paid €2,500 to take over the project and sort out the building licence.
Jones, however, said he feels ‘no guilt or responsibility and that Balson is to blame for the situation.
He said: “I told her from the beginning that she wasn’t allowed to build. Most people get away with it but she hasn’t.
“She is definitely being unfairly treated and I am not sure why. I hope that the town hall is not targeting her because she is foreign.
“Maybe that sort of thing happened in the old days, but with so many foreigners living on the coast I don’t think it happens now.”
Despite numerous attempts Estepona Town Hall did not answer any of our questions.