One of the homes demolished this week in Almeria. :: SUR
Two British-owned houses, located near the hamlet of Las Terreras in the municipality of Cantoria in Almeria,were demolished last week by representatives of the Junta de Andalucía acting on a court order.
The demolition resulted from proceedings started by the regional government in 2004 against a local promoter, F. P. M., relating to the construction of four houses without the correct planning permission.
The then mayor of Cantoria, Pedro Llamas, was forced to resign for his role in the illegal project.
A firm sentence of demolition was applied to all four houses in June of this year. The promoter was ordered to pull down the properties at his own expense and to compensate the four British home owners, who, as acknowledged in the court judgement, had acted in good faith.
However it is understood that the home owners have yet to receive any compensation in spite of the go-ahead of the destruction of their properties.
An instruction to execute the demolition order was issued by Almeria’s provincial court in September. The other two houses, also British owned, face the same fate.
In a statement, a spokesman for AUAN (‘abusos urbanisticos almanzora no’), a campaign group in Almeria’s Almanzora region, said “two more British families, purchasers in good faith, have lost their home and it appears that they have not been compensated, which AUAN considers to be against their most fundamental human rights”.