Orihuela councillor for Town Planning, Antonio Zapata of the PSOE, has announced that the department has initiated proceedings to recover the waterfront stretch of land between Cabo Roig and Aguamarina, which was illegally fenced off by the residents of urbanisation Bellavista 1 to preventing pedestrians and cyclists from accessing the public walkway along the coast.
In his statement, the councillor said that a number of other neighbours have spent 20 years denouncing this situation and it is the town hall´s intention is to recover the public land and restore the transit along the coast.
The plan is to eliminate the architectural elements of the obstruction, the wall and the gates that have closed off the public land, to end the private claim of part of the promenade and the beach, which the residents have staked claim to as private land.
Having launched the proceedings, the residents have 15 days in which to respond, which will be forwarded to the Provincial Coastal Service, according to Zapata.
The Leader has been instrumental in this campaign since day one, raising the matter on behalf of residents with every council team who have been in power, from the time of the PP rule, through the coalition government and every councillor who held the position of responsibility for the coast.
In 2010, we covered the story in considerable detail, reporting on a complaint raised by Bob Houliston´s CLARO political group who criticized the “photo opportunities for Mayoress Monica Lorente”, without taking any action against these residents to regain the land.
As the PP lost power in the last municipal elections, it was in the manifesto of the group who became the tri-party coalition that replaced the Lorente government, with Bob Houliston being given the post of councillor for the coast, but still no action was apparently taken.
Earlier this year we also reported on the praise given to repairs of the beach under the management of Pedro Mancebo, who took over the role from Houliston his resignation from the role, but still eluding the matter of the walkway, as we reported, “Questions still remain unanswered however regarding the section of the walkway at the northern end of the paseo illegally blocked off by the residents of the Urbanisation Bellavista 1 in Cabo Roig.”
This is the first time some positive action has been made, returning the land to public ownership and use, rather than permitting a handful of residents, who many consider to be selfish and considered above the law, to effectively steal land that doesn´t belong to them, depriving the rest of the community from access and egress to this part of the coast.
During the same conference, the councillor also unveiled the start of the process to enforce two execution orders on three owners of abandoned residential developments on calles Clavo and Nutria on the Orihuela Costa,
“These are properties that have been abandoned due to the crisis and because of vandalism are now full of weeds, broken glass and are a danger due to lack of sanitation and hygiene”, according to Zapata, advising that the action is based on a number of complaints from residents near these properties.
The two decrees force the companies that own the properties to clean them, bringing them to an acceptable standard, or the town hall will execute the ruling and enforce the costs of recovery on to the owners, but Zapata said that he is confident that both matters will be settled before the start of the summer season.
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