Judge halts bulldozers on controversial Ibiza road
27 March 2006, PALMA DE MALLORCA — A judge has ordered a halt to work on a controversial motorway being built on Ibiza.
27 March 2006
PALMA DE MALLORCA — A judge has ordered a halt to work on a controversial motorway being built on Ibiza.
Santiago Pinsach has ordered the regional Balearics government to stop work on part of a 20km road on the so-called 'party island'.
The judge has ordered the expropriation of homes in the route of the road should be halted while he investigates alleged "home violations" committed by the bullzdozers involved in the work.
Twenty-three protestors have been arrested in two months of demonstrations against the new EUR 260 million road linking the airport to the capital San Antonio.
Celebrities like Sting and Jade Jagger, who have homes on the island, have put their names to the protest lead by thousands of islanders and ecologists.
They claim the road is a symbol of mounting development with golf courses, marinas, hotels and apartments on what was famously a 'hippy island' which gave birth to clubbing culture.
Ibiza measures only 14km wide and 42km long.
Hundreds of homes are to be expropriated to make way for 25km motorway.
But the regional government, run by the conservative Popular Party, claims the road is necessary to improve the infrastructure of the island..
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news