Last resort appeal fails for San Pedro independence campaigners

File photo of a pro-separation march in 2011.
File photo of a pro-separation march in 2011. / Josele-Lanza
  • The Constitutional Court has put the final nail in the coffin of the attempts to segregate the town from Marbella council

Spain's Constitutional Court has rejected the last possible appeal filed by campaigners to be able to continue their bid to separate San Pedro Alcántara from Marbella and make it a municipality in its own right. As a result the president of the San Pedro Alcántara Pro-independence Association (ISP), Rafael Pérez Granados, announced on Monday that the commission set up to start the segregation process 30 years ago would be dissolved.

The appeal filed with the Constitutional Court was the last chance for the pro-idependence campaigners to keep their segregation process alive.

This followed the refusal by the Supreme Court to accept an appeal filed by the commission against the decision by the Andalusian High Court (TSJA) in the summer of 2015 not to overturn the Junta de Andalucía's rejection of the segregation application in 2011.

The refusal was based on four points: there was no violation of the law when the Junta decided to shelve the application in 2011; there is not enough distance between the two towns; the independent financial viability of San Pedro has not been proved; and the segregation would not be in the public interest in Andalucía.