August 9, 2009 at 7:57 am #55152
As ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Homes in Hell’ are repeated endlessly on the British television, and choice bits of Spanish real-estate are burnt in fires, and the British tourists are down by 16%, and the tour-hotels are ‘cheaper’ than ever, and the number of bucket-flights is reduced, and the Spanish spend more on advertising tourism in their own media, and the authorities decide to ‘drop’ the demolition-order on the Hotel Algarrobico… isn’t it about time that they fixed the problem with Len and Helen Prior, who now spent 20 months living in a garage after their home was callously and pointlessly demolished in January of last year?
Or is the Government’s plan for our future even more cunning that previously thought?
August 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm #93832
Lenox, it looks like you’re in favour of this monstrosity staying where it is?? that is incredible!!: Ilegal buildings are illegal and should be demolished – if the licence was granted by a crooked town hall that does not make it legal … the central government should insist on demolishing these illegal builds (your part of the world is full of the ugliest illegal buildings that have totally disfigured what was once a lovely part of the country.)
The buyers of these blatantly illegal builds should sue the central government who are ultimately responsible for compensation in the event of demolition.
ILLEGAL BUILDS ARE ILLEGAL !! the only reason the government is trying to turn a blind eye to the hotel algarrobico is because they know they are ultimately responsible to compensate the crooked developer who got a dodgy licence from a local public servant !!!!!!!!!
August 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm #93886
I think Lenox is just highlighting the utter absurdity of the regional governments stance on the illegal building issue. They can blatantly turn a blind eye to the illegal monstrosity built on protected land – they wouldn’t want to rock the boat or upset the locals who have helped cause the mess – but they indiscriminately (and illegally) knock down an expat house and will not give compensation for this injustice, leaving these poor people to live in a garage ad infinitum.
And still the Spanish enforce their laws as and when they feel like it or as the private “pay deal” suits them. There is no consistency despite their protestations that they need to enforce the laws rigorously, ignoring the fact that they approved of what was going on wholesale in the region for a number of year (through their decision not to act and enforce their own laws) and are culpable for the mess.
Common sense, accountability and justice don’t come into it. It’s a case of the sun having gone to the Spanish authorities heads!
UBEDA, you try suing the regional government, all they will do is the typical Spanish thing and blame someone else and the situation will end in farce and an eternal, pass the buck, merry-go-round of accusation and counter accusation, never to be resolved.
At the end of the day, the Priors need compensation and closure so that they can rebuild their lives.
August 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm #93891
Thanks Fran. Got it in one.
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