The AVE in Almería

430 people have lost land in Almeria so far to the AVE line. Fomento has been issuing expropriation orders since December last year, and construction has started. God bless that 1954 law that means that construction can start before having to wait for an independent review of the expropriation of that poor peasent’s land. And so far the only bit that is fixed is Sorbas, Los Gallardos, Bedar and Vera. Great. What we don’t know Continue reading The AVE in Almería

A family affair in El Ejido

The twenty people arrested yesterday in El Ejido’s corruption sting by a Madrid judge -investigation ongoing since 2007, it seems- all spent a cosy night together in jail. They were arrested in El Ejido, Seville and Madrid – and all seem to be family. Basically, it’s the: -Mayor (Juan Enciso, the man who bankrupted El Ejido), his wife and daughter; -José Aléman, the Interventor Municipal, (city auditor), and his wife (they got married in the Continue reading A family affair in El Ejido

Ryanair force Granada’s hand (and pocket)

After a very public threat to pull out of Granada airport if the Ryanair Revolutionary Tax wasn’t paid by the local town and businesses (the press release mentions changing to the much cheaper “Granada West”, which is actually Jaén airport – about three hours by coach) the Diputacíon de Granada has quietly admitted that an “arrangement” will be found. Basically, Ryanair wants someone else to pay the landing fees at Granada airport. If not, they’ll Continue reading Ryanair force Granada’s hand (and pocket)