Sitting in closed session last Tuesday (Sept 12), the ruling body (made up of 3 PSOE councillors and 1 IU, Martín) decided that the plan to change the way the mountain urbanisation is run is “not economically viable” and cancelled the project.
All PSOE councillors voted in favour of the motion, and Martín voted against. Their decision may have been swayed by the vast number of allegations against the motion submitted by local owners, mainly expats, but more likely it was because the County Council (Diputación) said it was a daft idea that would drive Turre into bankruptcy. Or words to that effect, I’ve got the drily worded report around here somewhere.
It’s worth noting that all PSOE councillors voted against the plan when Martín first mooted it, back when he was mayor, but that he forced it through regardless, ignoring all of the ruling councillors and the advice of the town clerk.
The urbanisation will continue to be run in the way it currently is, ie, not very well. And people who haven’t paid their IBI in recent years are likely to be taken to court if they don’t pay, as Martín revealed a few weeks ago in the Costa Almería News.
There is still no news on the public prosecutor’s investigation into homes being built without permits in the mountains which Martín launched when he was Mayor. That will be a nasty surprise in the year to come, no doubt.
Martín is said to be “furious” at the decision. I notice that next month the provincial IU coordinator is stepping down from her post – Martín could well be in with a shot at her position. In which case, he may very well decide to walk away from the council, sinking Mayor María’s administration and possibly handing the keys to opposition leader Arturo Grima (PP).