Supreme Court rules against Algarrobico hotel

The Supreme Court has ratified the ruling of the Andalucian Supreme Court (TSJA) ruling that the Junta de Andalucía’s attempt to change the natural park of Cabo de Gata to permit the opening of the El Algarrobico hotel is unlawful. The Junta’s plan was slip in a quiet change of use of land into the natural parks planning outline – which is, for comic effect, known as the PORN- which would designate the land the Continue reading Supreme Court rules against Algarrobico hotel

New UK based Spanish property owners association launched (called POPPIE)

Here’s the press release I received today: ——————————————————— POPPIE (PROTECTION OF PROPERTY PURCHASED IN EUROPE LIMITED) NEW ASSOCIATION FOR UK RESIDENTS OWNING, or attempting to own, PROPERTY IN SPAIN Who should join? Anyone with problems related to: Off plan purchases Bank Guarantees Land grab by developers Coastal law problems Revoked, or misrepresentations of the status of planning permissions

Finca Parcs action group meeting with the UK’s FCO

Here is a press release I received from the Finca Parcs action group, a group of mainly expat property buyers who were left destitute after the promotor went under and it transpired that the “bank guarantees” protecting their investments where worthless. ——————— The meeting with David Lidington and his team of 3 went ahead in early September – you may have seen the press release issued by David Lidington on the British Embassy ‘UK in Continue reading Finca Parcs action group meeting with the UK’s FCO

(Ex) deacon of law at Almeria Uni up in court for building an illegal house

The (now ex) deacon of Law at Almeria University, Ramón Herrera, has been up in front of the beak for building an illegal house in Paterna del Rio. The (now ex) mayor of Paterna del Rio, Antonio Serrano, shared the cuffs alongside with him. Ramón’s joke that he was unsure of the legal requirements for building a house failed to cause any laughter in court. Seems Ramon, in 2005, built a nice house (256 m2) Continue reading (Ex) deacon of law at Almeria Uni up in court for building an illegal house

AUAN reminds us all to vote

From the AUAN> Remember,  “No Vote, No Voice”   AUAN has been in contact with officials at the censo electoral and can confirm that on the 6th of October some 20,000 letters were sent to EU residents in Almeria attaching a Voter Registration Form (DFA-1) so that they can register to vote in the forthcoming local elections.    The form has been sent to persons not registered to vote in the local elections, but who Continue reading AUAN reminds us all to vote

Another 1,000 homes illegal? This time, it’s Cuevas

Stunning. The PSOE party (in opposition) in Cuevas have leaked some confidential documents saying that the Supreme Court have annuled the town plan, meaning over 1,000 building licenses have been revoked. As is normal in these cases, so far everything is being done under wraps, so nobody knows anything about it. See> 1,000 homes in Cuevas may be illegal as courts revoke license Urban abuse, corruption or just the townhall keeping things quiet until they Continue reading Another 1,000 homes illegal? This time, it’s Cuevas

Brits will decide who is new mayor in many towns

ElAlmeria, the local newspaper, has an interesting article about how in many towns of the Almanzora, the British vote will be decisive in deciding who becomes the new mayor in the local elections, now just 8 months away. In Arboleas, 64% of the vote belongs to expats (the highest of any town in Spain, I’m told); in Zurgena 38%, in Partaloa 59%. Many other villages are in the same situation. The paper warns that the Continue reading Brits will decide who is new mayor in many towns

It’s not just Brits in Albox who were duped into buying

Here’s a salutory lesson on investing in real estate from the Caribbean, courtesy of Michael Winner and Simon Cowell. Angry villa participants who’d put down massive cash to be embroiled in this mess wondered what fees Michael Pemberton and Robin Paterson had taken and if they were to be put back into the diminished pot. When I questioned what was going on, Pemberton wrote, “I have passed your communications to my lawyers.” His “clients” described Continue reading It’s not just Brits in Albox who were duped into buying

La Voz rallies against AUAN and scaremongoring expats

In Monday’s La Voz, which I have just got around to persuing over a freshly baked croissant and a coffee, page 3 is given over, not to lovely Sally (21) from Essex, but to a somber reflection on “Brits take to the internet their fear of demolitions of illegal homes”. In an politically charged piece, the paper appears to say that AUAN, the urban abuse pressure group, has issued a false press release relative to Continue reading La Voz rallies against AUAN and scaremongoring expats

Home demolitions – a passing fad for the public

Strange, really, to think how public interest wanes quickly. Remember the Prior demolition? Global outrage, lots of shouting, etc, etc. Lots of excitement all round. Then it went quiet. Then we started hearing news of homes about to be demolished in Albox. Lots more shouting. A protest march. Noise. Then it went quiet. News trickled out that the six homes in Albox had had their demolition orders overturned. People celebrated, without realising that this was Continue reading Home demolitions – a passing fad for the public