Alfaz mayor to appear in court

Alfaz del Pi Mayor Vicente Arques

SOCIALIST mayor of Alfaz del Pi Vicente Arques has been called to testify as a defendant following a complaint brought by his defeated running opponent in the recent local elections, Maite Huerta of the Partido Popular.
The mayor, along with several of his councillors, is accused of inappropriate and corruptive behaviour in the administration of various camping sites, one of which, the Orange Grove Camping site, was shut down in April 2015 by Huerta on the grounds of discrepancy over the size of its site.
The owner of the camping site, Michelle Baker, told The Euro Weekly News that she has now received confirmation that the land registry had simply made an error in recording the size of the land and the site should not have been ordered to close.
The popular campsite La Colina is also in danger of closure.
Arques is expected to make his court appearance to answer the charges brought by Huerta on November 3 at 12pm, alongside the town’s planning officer Vicente Soler, the municipal architect Rafael Frias and Lourdes Caselles.
Mayor Arques caused a sensation in his inaugural speech on Saturday June 13 when he included as part of his address a statement that Maite Huerta was unwelcome and that when she entered the room, “nobody said hello. And when you leave, nobody will say goodbye.”

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