Battle over Golf City hots up as axes and faxes come out
9 October 2006, MADRID — Ecologists appealed on Monday against the large-scale felling of pines to make way for a large golf complex.
9 October 2006
MADRID — Ecologists appealed on Monday against the large-scale felling of pines to make way for a large golf complex.
The City of Golf was to have been built in Las Navas de,l Marques, in Avila, northern Spain.
But eight ecological groups, including the Spanish groups Adena, Centáurea, Comisiones Obresas de Avila, Cantueso, Grama, Ecologists in Action, and SEO/Birdlife, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth all signed a legal petition complaining about the move.
It was faxed to the environmental attorney who put a temporary order banning any further work there.
Ecologists claim the golf complex would harm the flora and fauna of the area if the trees are felled en masse.
The move came after a developer, Residencial Aguas Nuevas, started cutting down the trees, ignoring an earlier ban by the Superior Court of Castilla y Leon, the province in which Avila falls.
Carlos Bravo, Greenpeace spokesman, said the company could be guilty of offences against the environment.
Greenpeace and the other groups asked for a urgent banning order stopping more trees from being chopped down.
The local council had earlier classed the area as urban, allowing the developers to begin work building 1,600 homes, two luxury hotels and a large golf course.
The regional Superior Court last week found the development could cause permanent damage to the population of rare black stork and golden eagles which live in the area.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news