Roman remains are proving costly to Denia town hall

Huge bill for Roman site.

DENIA council must pay €13 million compensation for the Hort de Morand land. This is the sum set by the Valencia Region’s Upper Court for the compulsory purchase of the site of the Roman town of Dianium.

The council intends to protect the remains, but at the least possible cost to the town hall, said Development and Culture councillor Pepa Font. The town hall will explore every option to avoid paying the compensation, she added.

A beneficial solution will be found for all concerned, Font promised, and could entail transferring planning permission to land elsewhere in the town.

Permission was revoked 10 years ago to protect the site and the land reclassified as “specially protected.”  

The owners are now pressing for compensation. If the town hall fails to pay them the land will have to be re-zoned for development.

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