Politicians finally take interest in problems at Camposol urbanisation in Murcia

Typical house at Camposol, Mazarrón, Murcia

Typical house at Camposol, Mazarrón, Murcia

A commission of politicians from Murcia’s regional parliament recently visited the Camposol golf & residential urbanisation in Mazarrón, and came away with harsh words to say about the state of the development.

“Descent into the hell of Camposol” is the title of the article in the local paper La Opinión de Murcia, reporting the visit to inspect first hand the problems at Camposol, a massive 4,000 home development in Mazarrón, Murcia, by a builder and developer called Masa.

The Planning, Environmental, Agriculture and Water Commission of politicians from Murcia’s regional parliament visited Camposol to see for themselves the problems that residents, most of whom are foreigners, have been complaining about for years. “Sunken roads, pavements breaking up, and houses with cracks,” is what they found, reports the paper, whilst also pointing out that residents’ complaints have fallen on deaf ears for decades.

One of the problems is that 550 homes at Camposol have been built on a dry river bed, which contravenes planning laws. Flooding is problem when it rains. The article also mentions “other problems like a lack of health standards and basic services.”

The visit comes a few days after representatives of the more than 5,000 residents of Camposol registered a complaint with the regional parliament, reports La Opinión.

The local Socialist Party plans to propose stripping the municipality of planning authority because of the disaster at Camposol, that the regional Government takes over, and that the local water board (Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura or CHS) gets involved to find solutions, including the paying of compensation.

María Giménez, from the left wing Podemos party, described the situation facing residents as “sad and heartbreaking”. “Where is the Waterboard in the face of this environmental catastrophe? This visit has made us ashamed of everything to do with Camposol,” she said, quoted by La Opinión.

Investigating the local property scene in Murcia, I visited Camposol in 2009, and spoke to British residents about their problems, and the way they were treated by the developer. It was not an uplifting experience.

I think the developer used to be called Grupo Masa, but now the name is just Masa, though the logo is the same. Interestingly I couldn’t find one single reference to Camposol at the Masa website. How strange….

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