Bulldozers poised as 1,300 villas are 'illegal'
26 October 2006, MADRID — The public prosecutor has accused an entire council of granting illegal licences for 1,300 homes in a town popular with expats.
26 October 2006
MADRID — The public prosecutor has accused an entire council of granting illegal licences for 1,300 homes in a town popular with expats.
Juan Sanchez, environmental attorney general for Almeria in southern Spain, asked a court to begin legal action against all the councillors in Zurgena.
The council in the town of just 2,000 people gave permission for the homes to be built.
But Sanchez says they did not have proper permission and the villas were to be built in rural land.
It is likely the homes will have to be knocked down.
Zurgena is a popular spot with British expats, many of whom are thought to own the homes.
It is only the second time a prosecutor has taken action against an entire council.
In March, after the mayoress and 15 members of Marbella city council were arrested for a multi-million euro graft scandal, the local authority was dissolved by the central government in Madrid.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news